IN PICTURES: Storms wreak havoc across Germany

High winds and stormy weather have been causing havoc in Germany, especially the north of the country. Here's a look at some photos and videos.

A boat on the river Elbe in Hamburg.
A boat on the river Elbe in Hamburg. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Daniel Bockwoldt

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Germany was hit by severe winds and rain on Wednesday night and Thursday due to Storm Ylenia – and more storms were expected on Friday. 

Flights were grounded, train travel came to a standstill in some regions and schools in several states had to close. 

In Hamburg, the video below of one of the city’s HADAG ferries called ‘Tollerort’ shows how rough the river Elbe was on Thursday morning. The waves break the windscreen and fill the inside of the ferry. 

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According to HADAG Managing Director Tobias Haack, the accident happened on Thursday morning on line 68 from Teufelsbrück on the way to the jetty of the Airbus plant. Haack said no one was seriously injured and passengers were able to leave the ferry on foot. 

“It was an incident that we have never had before,” Haack said.

Choppy water was seen in many parts of the country, including Tegeler See (lake), in the north of Berlin. Photo: DPA/Jörg Carstensen

Another dramatic video from Hamburg filmed early on Thursday morning. 

A portaloo blown over on the side of the road in Mühlen Eichsen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Photo: DPA/Jens Büttner

An airplane approaches Frankfurt on Thursday. Many flights have been grounded due to the weather. Photo: DPA/Arne Dedert 

This German Weather Service tweet shows the high wind speeds overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. According to DWD, the highest windspeeds were recorded in Brocken, the highest point in the Harz mountains, with speeds of up to 152 kilometres (94 miles) per hour. 

A tree lies in a car in Bad Bevensen, Lower Saxony. Photo: DPA/Philipp Schulze

Hamburg’s famous fish marked flooded on Thursday morning during a storm surge from the river Elbe. Photo: DPA/Daniel Bockwoldt

Berlin was also hit by extreme winds. Here, a pedestrian wrestles with an umbrella in the capital. Photo: DPA/Wolfgang Kumm

A sign at Petersdorf station in Brandenburg alerts travellers of disruption to transport due to the storm. Photo: DPA/Patrick Pleul

An overturned lorry in Lower Saxony. Luckily, the driver was not injured. Photo: DPA/Mohssen Assanimoghaddam

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Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After days of summery weather, temperatures in Germany are set to peak at around 30C this week before a cooler spell over the weekend.

Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After a long spell of sunny weather, most parts of Germany could see summer arrive early this week with clear blue skies and sweltering temperatures – but the hot weather may not last long, according to meteorologists.

Heat and sunshine should last through the middle of the week but suddenly give way to cooler temperatures over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

On Tuesday, most regions see temperatures in the mid to high 20s and a continuation of the dry weather of the past week. In the northeast, including Berlin, the mercury could reach 28C, and temperatures are likely to be between 22C and 28C across western and central areas.

Those in higher altitude regions of the south and those along the north coast should be the only people needing their rain jackets as this part of the country could see scattered showers and clouds, according to DWD.

Wednesday is the day to plan a lake trip as this is likely to be the hottest day of the week. 

Most parts of the country will stay sunny and dry throughout the day and people can expect summery temperatures of between 24C and 30C.

For those on the north coast, it’s likely to be a little chillier, with temperatures of around 15C and partly overcast skies.

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring with them cooler temperatures, with the hot spell giving way to scattered showers and clouds in many regions over the weekend.

On Saturday, southern regions will see highs up of up to 23C while the northern regions will slip down to 18C during the day.

But anyone planning to be out and about on Saturday evening in the south should bring a warm jacket as the mercury could drop as low as 4C. 

Sunny weather Standbad Lübars

A woman enjoys the warm weather at Standbad Lübars in Berlin. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Britta Pedersen

Northern regions ‘too dry’ 

Though most people have been thrilled to see a warm burst of sunshine in the middle of spring, climate experts have been voicing concern about the uneven rainfall across the country.

In an analysis published on the DWD website, the meteorologists claimed that the northern and eastern parts of Germany have been “clearly too dry” in the past weeks.

“A first glance at the current map already reveals that the regional differences of April have continued in May,” they wrote. “In almost all regions of the northern half and in some parts of the centre, hardly more than 10 and in many places not even 5 litres of rain per square-metre fell in the first days of May.”

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Though experts had predicted low rainfall, the first 10 days of May have been even drier than predicted.

The lack of rainfall has caused groundwater to dry up significantly, sparking fears of forest fires and drought over summer.

Though more rainfall could come at the end of May, the Weather Channel’s Jan Schenk believes the probability of an overly dry summer is now “very high”.

Schenk believes that predictions for rainfall could have overestimated the amount of precipitation by up to 50 litres per square metre in some areas. This is a reason for households to start saving water now, he told HNA