Tropical storms predicted to sweep across Germany after heatwave

After a record-breaking run of uncharacteristically warm weather, the German Weather Service (DWD) has forecast that much of the country is set to be drenched in tropical rain.

Tropical storms predicted to sweep across Germany after heatwave
Marcel Kusch/ DPA

Storms are expected to sweep across Bavaria late on Thursday, with parts of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt also affected. Heavy rainfall is predicted, along with high winds, thunder and lightening. The DWD has suggested the rain may not be limited to these regions however, as clouds form across the country. 

Berlin and its surrounds look set to be spared until at least the weekend, with the hot, humid nights likely to continue. The warm weather will also continue in parts of northern Bavaria, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt – with temperatures just shy of 40 degrees predicted in a number of towns in the region.

Germany along with most of Europe has been suffering under a record-breaking heatwave through much of July. The fire department were called to put out a wildfire near Potsdam which had threatened the evacuation of almost 3,000 residents in Fichtenwalde. 

In Berlin a century-old mark was broken as thermometers in the German capital reached 24.4C on Tuesday evening – the hottest night since record keeping began. Just north of Leipzig the mercury reached 28 degrees at its lowest point on Tuesday evening. 

While for some the rain might bring welcome relief – German farmers have been suffering under a prolonged drought and some areas of the country have reported drinking water shortages – overheated Germans might need to be careful what they wish for. 

Just over a year ago in early July, 2017, flooding caused by tropical rain brought Berlin to a halt, with roads closed and public transport affected.

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.