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How to keep cool during Germany’s heatwave

With the mercury expected to reach 37C in some parts of the country on Monday, here are our top tips for staying cool, and hydrated.

How to keep cool during Germany's heatwave
People cool off by jumping into a lake in Radebeul, Saxony. Photo: DPA
All of Germany will be met with sweltering heat this week, following a weekend of record temperatures for 2020.
 

Amid the high heat, here on some tips for staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

Drink water
 
It might sound obvious, but be sure to drink plenty of water – even when you're not thirsty. It's recommended that you drink at least somewhere between 1.5 and 2 litres per day. 
 
And to avoid dehydration stay off the alcohol. Yes, that even includes beer and the Aperol Spritz sold as a popular patio drink at many cafes around Germany.
 
Tea, coffee, and alcohol all act as diuretics, meaning they will leave you dehydrated.
 
A woman in Kempten, Bavaria downs water in order to stay cool. Photo: DPA
 
Stay inside
 
Try and avoid going outside between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm. If you have to, then be sure to wear light clothes, preferably cotton as it lets your skin breathe. In some cases, you might even be exempt from skipping school or work when the heat hinders your ability to properly learn or concentrate.
 
 
Shut the blinds
 
On the home front, keep the blinds closed throughout the hottest hours of the day and overnight – lest you fancy being woken up by daylight between 4:45 and 5:15 am, when the sun rises throughout Germany.
 
When the temperature outside drops below that of your home, open the windows and doors to get some fresh air in there.  
 
Douse yourself in water
 
There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated besides just drinking water and taking showers and baths. Filling a bucket with water for your feet or placing a wet or damp towel on your head and shoulders can make a big difference. Even a little spray with water can keep you feeling fresh. 
 
Despite a lifeguard shortage in many parts of the country, there are still several public pools – not to mention wonderful lakes – which are worth taking a dip in. In the summer, many have hours upwards of 10 p.m.
 
 
Get rid of the extra heat
 
If you're at home, turn off the big lights, only use your laptop if you have to, and eat cold meals rather than using the oven. 
 
Don't do outdoor sports (except swimming)
 
Skip your typical afternoon run and say no to your football teammates – it's best not to over-exert yourself at all. Even going outside to do the gardening is unadvised.
 
 
Be aware of the risks
 
You might be in peak physical form, but not everyone else is. Remember that children under the age of four and the elderly are the most at risk when the heat strikes.
 
Stay in the coolest parts of the house
 
Be sure to find the coolest part of the house and make sure that's the area you stay in. If your place has no air-conditioning, nor an electric fan, then you're advised to head somewhere like a cinema or a shopping centre.
 
Even if you're not feeling the full heat yet, stock up on a fan. Not surprisingly, they sell out quickly in the summer months. Many people turn to online retailers instead: on Monday, an electric fan was the the number three most purchased electronic device on Amazon.de.
 
Recognize symptoms of heat-related illnesses
 
If you or someone close to you is complaining of cramps, headaches, dizziness, or has a fever of over 38C, this is a clear sign they're suffering from the heat. Keep the person cool and call emergency services for help. 
 
Don't forget your furry friends
 
Your pets also suffer from intense heat, so make sure you think of them too. Be sure to keep an eye on them, give them plenty of water, and the occasional cool bath.

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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.

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