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No sign of heatwave return in Germany as cooler weather continues

A cooler spell of weather is continuing in Germany, but temperatures could rise later in the week.

No sign of heatwave return in Germany as cooler weather continues
Dark clouds over Schwangau in Bavaria on Sunday. Photo: DPA

With clouds, rain showers and temperatures under 15C, it's fair to say summer is on a break in Germany.

And, although temperatures are likely to climb in the second half of the week, there are no signs of a heatwave resurgence, similar to the one that caused record-breaking temperatures in June.

Monday was set to be to be the coolest day of the week, according to German Weather Service (DWD) forecasters. The temperature was predicted to reach around 19C, with lows of 13-14C.

“Monday will probably be the coolest day,” said a spokesman for DWD. Highs of 16C were expected at the coast, 17 to 19C in the northern half and around 19C in the south, with the warmest areas along the Rhine and Danube rivers.

In the following days, temperatures will rise slightly, with the warmest places set to be around the Mosel river and Upper Rhine region.

However, forecasters warned it's especially cool at night. “The temperatures usually sink to 12 to 7C,”  the DWD spokesman explained. In higher altitudes just 4C is possible.

SEE ALSO: Storms forecast in Germany after record breaking heatwave

Don't forget your jacket

Those in the west of the country, particularly North Rhine-Westphalia, have been warned it will be very cloudy with rain.

“The next few days will not be T-shirt weather,” said a meteorologist from the DWD based in Essen on Sunday. “In the morning in particular it's still fresh and you shouldn't forget your jacket.”

Tuesday remains cloudy in most parts of Germany, but there may be some sunny periods. The maximum temperatures are between 18 and 22C, while in mountain regions it will be about 15C.

According to forecasters, the risk of forest fires has gone down dramatically. Despite short showers, the drought continues in parts of Germany.

The DWD tweeted that the risk of wildfires had gone down due to the cooler weather.

Storms in Bavaria

It came after storms struck parts of southern Germany at the weekend. In Bavaria, there were heavy thunderstorms, hailstones, high winds and torrential rain on Sunday, reported local newspaper Merkur.de. In Günzburg, lightning struck a house, causing a fire. According to a police spokesman, residents were able to escape without suffering any injuries.

The region had experienced highs of 32C and blazing sunshine on Saturday, signalling a big shift in the weather.

Early on Thursday morning, Rotenburg (Wümme) in Lower Saxony recorded a record low July temperature of 2.9C, according to Wetter.com, breaking a station record which had stood since 1946.

READ ALSO: Cold spell comes to Germany following heatwave

The record low came only four days after Germany logged a record high June temperature of of 39.6C in Bernburg an der Saale in Saxony-Anhalt on Sunday, June 30th.

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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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