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Germany sees sunny spring start with temperatures up to 20C

The dazzling spring sunshine looks set to continue in Germany this week, with temperatures soaring to over 20C in some parts of the west.

Garmisch Partenkirchen
A dog-walker stops for a pause in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, on the first day of spring. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Angelika Warmuth

After the official start of spring on Sunday, people may be able to finally ditch their winter coats as a warm spell is on its way.

Many regions in Germany have already seen a few weeks of blue skies and sunshine, but things are finally set to heat up from Tuesday. 

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), most parts of the country will see blue skies, lots of sunshine and temperatures close to the 20C mark for the coming days.

Tuesday morning saw some western and northwestern regions of the country hit by fog and frost, but this will give way to clear skies and warm spring weather in the afternoon as temperatures start to rise. 

Throughout the middle of the week and coming into the weekend, most states will see highs of 15-20C, with the western regions seeing particularly high temperatures.

READ ALSO: Parts of Germany see spring-like temperatures

On Thursday, lucky residents of the southwestern states could even see the mercury rise up to 21C locally. 

For those on the northern coast, however, there’s less good news: the DWD predicts that the temperatures in these regions will be “noticeably cooler”.

Schleswig Holstein

People huddle in coats on the North Sea coast in Schleswig-Holstein. Coastal regions will see slightly cooler weather this week. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt

People living near the sea in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, Lower Saxony or Schleswig-Holstein should expect a more modest 9-14C over the coming days. 

But there is one thing that everyone can be happy about: the days continue to get longer, giving us more and more hours of sunshine to enjoy. 

“The sun is shining from the sky from early morning to late at night and that is now a whole twelve hours a day,” said a DWD meteorologist in Offenbach on Monday.

However, anyone out at night will feel a chill in the air as temperatures drop down to single digits and some local regions experience a touch of frost. 

A starry sky over the historic Boch windmill in Spandau, Berlin. Skies are expected to be clear at night this week. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Paul Zinken

Risk of forest fires

While the sunshine and clear skies may be great for people who want to get out and about, plants and wildlife are apparently struggling with the unusually dry weather this month.

The low level of rainfall is becoming more and more of a problem, the DWD meteorologist told DPA.

In eastern Germany and parts of the south, not a drop of rain has fallen since the beginning of the month.

Forest in Saxony-Anhalt

A red sunrise in a forested region of Saxony-Anhalt. Dry weather could bring with it a risk of forest fires, especially in the east. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Matthias Bein

Accordingly, the danger of forest fires, especially in the east, has risen to an alarming four out of five.

READ ALSO: Sahara dust cloud blows across Germany

On Sunday, the first day of spring, only the far west of Germany saw significant rainfall.

According to the DWD, there were two to eight litres of rain per square metre on the border to the Netherlands.

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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.”

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

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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