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Parts of Germany see spring-like temperatures

The west of Germany could see temperatures up to 16C in the coming days as the dry spell continues.

A local enjoys an ice cream in Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia
A local enjoys an ice cream in Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday when temperatures reached 15C. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Friso Gentsch

It may not officially be spring yet, but it’s getting warmer – especially in western parts of Germany. 

Forecasters said they expected blue skies and higher temperatures across Germany, particularly in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region in the coming days. 

From a meteorological point of view, the weather is “rather boring” at the moment, Ines Wiegand from the German Weather Service (DWD) in Essen told regional newspaper the Rheinische Post. But the calm outlook is great for everyone else. 

There’s been warmer weather in the past days across Germany – some parts of NRW saw temperatures of 15C on Thursday – although nights remain cold with light frost in the mornings. 

On Friday afternoon, dense clouds are forecast in western Germany, especially in the Lower Rhine region. According to the DWD, it will be cloudy on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to rise up to 16C in areas such as the Rhine, Moselle and Saar, while fresh southeasterly winds are expected.

“There may also be a few drops of rain in the west at the weekend,” said Wiegand. “But the probability is high that it will remain completely dry.”

In the east and south-east of the country it will initially remain sunny – but temperatures will reach around 10C or 11C.

Farmers looking for rain

It looks like the pleasantly mild temperatures will remain in the west for a few days. “Nothing significant will change until the middle of the week,” says Wiegand. 

But farmers who are currently taking care of their spring sowing will soon need some rain, said Bernhard Rüb of the NRW Chamber of Agriculture.

“The soil is quite dry, it hasn’t rained for a long time,” he said.

Thanks to the warmth, however, the asparagus is growing very well. “The first spears will soon be available,” said Rüb.

Germany is known for its love of the vegetable, with Spargelzeit (asparagus season) happening in spring. 

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From an agricultural point of view, the weather is fine – “unless it doesn’t rain again until June,” said Rüb.

The most important month for vegetation is May. 

“If it doesn’t get hot and dry, it will be fine,” said Rüb. Last year was too wet, but the previous three years were too dry. “Hopefully we won’t get the fourth drought year now,” he added.

Meanwhile, because it is dry at the moment the risk of forest fires is rising, especially in the Lausitz region of Saxony, around Hoyerswerda.

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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

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