Germany to see first snowfall after warm November weather

Following a mild October and November, winter weather is set to come to Germany this week.

Hanover on Wednesday morning. Northern cities will see especially large temperature dips this week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD). Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Moritz Frankenberg

Last month temperatures crept up to an unusually warm 25 degrees, making it the warmest October in German history.

November has been met with unusually mild and sunny weather too, with the mercury hovering around 10 to 12C across the Bundesrepublik.

But starting Wednesday, temperatures will take a frosty turn in many parts of the country. They will continue to dip during the week, with the first snowfall forecast for Friday in Berlin and across eastern and northern Germany.

“In the coming week, it will be time to slowly say goodbye to the stable and partly very mild weather,” said Florian Bilgeri of the German Weather Service (DWD). 

In several parts of the Bundesrepublik, the weather front ‘Erik’ will move in from Denmark, bringing “cold continental air,” wrote DWD in its Wednesday weather report.

A DWD weather report shows temperatures gradually declining throughout the week, from Tuesday through Sunday.

The southwest and western parts of Germany are still set to see milder temperatures in the coming days, but the mercury will continue to go down.

On Thursday, rain will fall heavily across the country. But while the western half of Germany will see temperatures above 10C, “only maximum single-digit highs will be reached,” in the north and northeast, wrote DWD.

Snowfall comes Friday

“Winter will knock on the door, with possibly the first snowflakes coming down” on Friday. With the mercury slightly above zero degrees during the day and frost at night, DWD urged drivers to get their winter tires ready for slippery roads. 

But in the south and southwest, temperatures will hover around a mild 7 to 12C.

The snowfall is set to continue over the weekend, with northern cities like Berlin and Hamburg seeing negative temperatures at night.


snowflakes – (die) Schneeflocken

slippery – rutschig/glatt

snowfall – (der) Schneefall

winter tires – (die) Winterreifen

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Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Thanks to the weather front ‘Peggy’, which is moving west over Germany, the Bundesrepublik is seeing storms strike and saying goodbye to summer weather.

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Rain and strong gusts of winds were expected throughout Germany on Thursday, with the western part of the country to see the heaviest downpour, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

The wet weather will intensify in the afternoon, moving north to Berlin and Hamburg.

The mercury was set to stretch between 17C and 25C throughout the country, according to DWD, with northern areas experiencing the coolest temperatures.

‘Long-awaited rainfall’

The storms were welcomed in drought-hit parts of western Germany, which has seen record heat over the past few years. 

“Peggy is a heroine. She is bringing long-awaited rainfall in the dry west,” wrote DWD in its weather report Thursday. 

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Yet they also pose a risk for flooding, particularly in parts of northwestern Germany, where between 30 and 50 liters of water per square meter were predicted to fall throughout the day.

“Even if the rain is certainly more of a blessing than a curse for many, these amounts also carry the risk of flooding streets or filling up cellars,” wrote DWD.

Rain will continue around the country on Friday. In the east and southeast, the sun is expected to shine again by the late afternoon, with the mercury reaching around 21C. 

Storms stretch into weekend

Saturday will likely be the coldest day of the week with highs of only 17C in some places, particularly along the coasts. Yet eastern regions will see the mercury rise between 18C and 22C.

The DWD advised to “keep an umbrella around as a faithful companion” as the wet weather continues.

On Sunday, stormy weather will slowly calm down and the showers will retreat to the southeast parts of the country. The mercury is set to hover around a nationwide average of 22C and 23C.