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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Germany sees end of heatwave as storms lash the country

Is summer really over? It certainly did not feel like it with over a week of dry weather and high temperatures stretching into the mid-30s. But that's set to change Tuesday, with massive rainfall forecast across the country.

Germany sees end of heatwave as storms lash the country

Over the weekend Germany saw temperatures reaching as high as 35C. Freibäder (open-air pools) which were supposed to close after the summer season stayed open.

But on Tuesday the Bundesrepublik can expect temperature drops of up to 15C as thunderstorms move from western to eastern Germany.

The German Weather Service (DPA) issued an extreme weather warning amid intense rain and a winds of up to 100 km per hour in some areas.

Throughout the day the northwest will see showers, thunderstorms and squalls, according to DWD.

The southeast is set to stay sunny, but may also experience thunder and lightning in the afternoon. Cities such as Berlin and Dresden will be muggy with highs between 26 and 31C, whereas in the northwest the mercury will read between 22 and 25C.

During the day, storms with heavy rain of up to 20 litres per square metre will move from the regions of the Lower Rhine and West Münsterland towards East Westphalia, before moving further east.

In addition to heavy rain, there may also be large hailstorms and gusts of up to 100 km/h.

On Wednesday, the storm front will move south of the Main River. The violent thunderstorms will bring torrential rain in parts. Temperatures will stay similar with highs between 18 and 26C. In northern Germany, clouds will clear up and it will stay dry throughout the day.

Across Germany, Thursday is likely to become warm and sunny again. “At 18 to 24C, however, temperatures are much more subdued compared to the current [heat wave]. On Friday and Saturday, however, temperatures are expected to rise again somewhat,” said DWD meteorologist Markus Übel in a statement.

Temperatures going into the following week are then expected to be in the high 20s, which meteorologists predict will push this September into the hottest on record in Germany.

READ ALSO: Summer set to return to Germany with mid-August heatwave


muggy – schwül 

meteorologist – (der) Meteorologe/(der) Wetterbeobachter

thunderstorm – (das) Gewitter

hail – (der) Hagel

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