Weather: Germany braces for 'extreme storms'

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The Local - [email protected] • 19 May, 2022 Updated Thu 19 May 2022 17:46 CEST
Weather: Germany braces for 'extreme storms'
Severe rain in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Alexander Forstreuter

Weather forecasters in Germany have warned people to prepare for thunderstorms.


Storms already hit some parts of western Germany on Thursday after temperatures had spiked in the mid-30s on Wednesday. 

At around 4pm, gusts of 105 km/hour were recorded at the Münster-Osnabrück weather station, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.



The DWD issued a warning of severe thunderstorms for western parts of the country, particularly North Rhine-Westphalia.

They said people should expect severe conditions as well as hailstones throughout the day on Thursday. 

Stormy weather on Friday too

Weather experts said more of the country is likely to experience "extreme storms" with thunder and hailstones on Friday.

Central Germany is likely to be affected most, but forecasters said it's hard to predict exactly where the storms will hit until nearer the time. 

According to a DWD meteorologist, the highest warning level (level 4) is likely to be declared in many places. "This means that there is a threat of massive damage where the thunderstorm moves," said the Offenbach-based forecaster.

So-called supercells, which are also referred to as 'rotating thunderstorms', may also form. 

Forecasters say the stormy weather is due to the warm and increasingly very humid air mass coming from the west.


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