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Brandenburg dubbed ‘hotspot of Europe’ as extreme weather continues

Sweltering temperatures have been hitting the Germany this week – but there’s also been no escape from tropical storms.

Brandenburg dubbed 'hotspot of Europe' as extreme weather continues
Children play in the sun in Storkow, Brandenburg on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

The German state of Brandenburg was dubbed the “hotspot of Europe” by forecasters after temperatures of 36C were recorded there on Wednesday, the hottest day of the year so far, reported Spiegel.

But as well as stifling heat, unpredictable storms have been hitting parts of the country, including a tornado with winds of up to 235m/h in North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to forecasts by the German Weather Service (DWD), temperatures were thought to have reached between 29 to 36C throughout the country on Wednesday, the peak of the heatwave.

However, on Thursday, fresh thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain were expected and temperatures should drop as a cooler front moves in. Torrential rain and storms were due to hit Berlin and Brandenburg in the afternoon.

It comes after a severe storm and tornado caused a huge amount of damage in Bocholt, Münsterland.

READ ALSO: Tornado rips through western German city

The tornado ripped roofs from houses, overturned cars and uprooted more than 100 trees on Tuesday night.

There were also thunder storms in other parts of Germany, including Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, on Wednesday night.

The German Weather Service (DWD) has not ruled out the possibility of more extreme winds.

A lightning strike in Lower Saxony earlier this week. Photo: DPA

'Brandenburg is hotspot'

The DWD issued a heat warning for parts of Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony on Wednesday.

Peter Zedler of the DWD warned of the dangers of forest fires due to the extreme temperatures. Firefighters have been tackling wild fires across these regions during the heatwave.

READ ALSO: Heavy storms hit western Germany after heatwave

“Brandenburg is the hotspot of Europe,” Andreas Friedrich of the DWD added, signalling that the area was hotter than many other places across the continent.

With temperatures of up to 34C, Wednesday also become the hottest day of the year to date in Hesse, according to the DWD.

But the cold front coming up from the southwest will provide some relief – and much needed rainfall to areas where forest fires have been raging. Temperatures of around 20C are expected during the storms.

Looking ahead to the the holiday weekend, pleasant summer weather is likely in Germany, with sunshine, clouds and temperatures of around 25C. It will remain dry on the whole, but there is a chance of some showers.

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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.

READ ALSO: Heavy rain in Bavaria swells rivers, but flooding avoided

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.

READ ALSO: Damaged freighter blocks traffic at drought-hit Rhine

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.

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