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Weather: Southern Germany set for temperatures up to 35C

Germany is experiencing a north-south divide when it comes to weather this week, with southern regions seeing sweltering heat.

People sit in the sun on Thursday in Eching, Bavaria.
People sit in the sun on Thursday in Eching, Bavaria. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Lots of sunshine and occasional thunderstorms: that’s the outlook in Germany on Thursday and Friday. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) it will be particularly hot in the south. In Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, for instances, temperatures are expected to reach up to 35C.

But there’s a big difference in the north, where the mercury there will reach 18-21C. In the rest of the country around 22 to 28C is expected.

The DWD tweeted to show the varying temperatures between the north and south on Thursday morning.

Despite the varying warmth, the forecast predicts plenty of sunshine, from North Rhine-Westphalia to Brandenburg.

Near the coast and in the eastern low mountain ranges there may be some isolated showers and short thunderstorms.

According to meteorologists, there could also be strong local thunderstorms in Bavaria. In the evening, it will be cooler across the country with lows of 8 to 17C.

Friday will bring cooler temperatures in general, but it will remain summery and mostly dry. Highs of 22C in the north, 25C in the centre and 30C in the south are expected. The coasts could see some isolated showers. Temperatures will remain largely unchanged at the weekend.

But the new week is expected to bring another heatwave: according to the 10-day outlook from German Weather Service, peak temperatures of over 35C are possible in some places on Tuesday and Wednesday.

READ ALSO: Heatwave set to return to Germany

Whatever you’re doing, get that sunscreen on and stay safe in the heat. 

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

READ ALSO: ‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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