Weekend weather of up to 33C expected in Germany

After historic heatwaves in June and July, there will be no cooling of temperatures at the end of August.

Weekend weather of up to 33C expected in Germany
A woman in a summer dress photographs a window at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

There will be “as much sun as possible” and no clouds in the sky on Friday with temperatures of at least 30C, according to a report by the German Weather Service (DWD).

By the close of the weekend, temperatures of up to 33C are even possible, reports DWD.

Meteomedia's weather service “Unwetterzentrale” (Storm Central) even issued a heat warning for the majority of Germany over the weekend. It goes into place on Saturday and stretches until Wednesday at 9 pm.

Thunderstorms possible on Sunday

On Sunday, more showers and thunderstorms are to be expected around Germany, especially in the south.

“Let us hope that nothing will happen on Sunday afternoon when many people are on the move and thunderstorms are coming in the southeast half of the country,” said meteorologist Jörg Kachelmann.

DWD tweets the forecast temperatures throughout Germany on Saturday and Sunday.

Longer than expected heatwave

And contrary to earlier forecasts, the heat wave will not be over by the end of weekend.

As reports, temperatures will remain above the 30C mark until at least the middle of next week. 

READ ALSO: Summer returns to Germany as temperatures up to 30C forecast

It is still unclear whether there will be a significant dip in temperatures in September. Yet what is certain, say meteorologists, is that that rainfall will remain scarce in large parts of Germany for the next two weeks.

Felt by farmers

The news comes as Farmers' Association President Joachim Rukwied announced Friday that high temperatures over the summer, in some areas up to 40C, have had a negative impact on crop yields.

Other regions, on the other hand, had too much rainfall, he said. “In total, we have noticed that the weather extremes are increasing.”

The consequences of climate change are now being felt by farmers for the third year in a row, Rukwied said. In 2017 there was too much rain, whereas there was drought in 2018. Now 2019 is bringing heat and regional drought again.

As a result, total crop production has been six percent less this year that it had been on average between 2013 to 2017, he said.

READ ALSO: Farmers to get up to €170 million in state aid after drought ruins harvest


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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.