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‘Last days to enjoy the sun’: Temperatures in Germany set to dip as summer ends

Tuesday marks the first day of Autumn, and with it the weather is inevitably set to shift. Here's what this week has in store.

'Last days to enjoy the sun': Temperatures in Germany set to dip as summer ends
People in Bad Saarow, Brandenburg enjoy temperatures of 25C at a lake. Photo: DPA

September 22nd, at least according to meteorologists, marks the official first day of autumn. But with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 28C across Deutschland, it might not feel like the country is celebrating the occasion.

But come Friday, fall temperatures will be felt, predicted the German Weather Service (DWD).

READ ALSO: Six signs Autumn has arrived in Germany

On Tuesday temperatures around Germany were slated to range between 23C and 28C, according to DWD. Southwest Germany will be cloudier throughout the day.

“Today and Wednesday are the last days to enjoy the sun and the late summer temperatures,” tweeted DWD, pointing out the temperatures will dip to the point of some snow in south Germany later in the week.

From the late afternoon through the evening, showers and storms are expected in the Bavarian Alps and in the Schwarzwald.

On Wednesday temperatures will remain summer-like, stretching between 22C and 27C. With the exception of eastern Saxony, where storms are expected, the sun will shine throughout the day. 

READ ALSO: In Photos: This is what Germany looks like during the 'Hitze'

Temperature dip later in the week

A further dip in the mercury is expected on Thursday, when the weather ranges between 20C in western and northwestern Germany and 25C in the Lausitz in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony. In the southwest, the mercury is expected to hover around 22C. 

A noticeable shift in the weather will come on Friday, with highs between 14C and 19C around the country, and just 12C at the edge of the Alps. Storms are slated to strike northern Germany.

At the weekend, temperatures around Germany are predicted to drop further, ranging between 7C and 16C at the coasts.

The Bavarian Alps are slated to see their first snow of the year at altitudes of between 1,200 and 1,500 metres. 

Our advice: make sure to bring along an Übergangsjacke this week for the shifting temperatures.

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LIVING IN GERMANY

Living in Germany: Looking abroad for airport workers, greeting cards and chimney sweeps

In our weekly roundup for Germany we look at what the government is doing to ease the air travel staffing crisis, very German greeting cards, lightning storms and the Schornsteinfeger - chimney sweep - lucky tradition.

Living in Germany: Looking abroad for airport workers, greeting cards and chimney sweeps

Germany looks for help abroad to ease aviation staffing crisis

Last week the German government made the exceptional move of stepping in to help private firms in the aviation sector restore their staffing levels. Ministers announced they will cut red tape to allow private companies to employ workers from abroad on a temporary basis, due to the chaos that we’re seeing in German airports and airlines. From long queues at security or when claiming baggage, to flights being cancelled, it can be a real nightmare to travel in Europe at the moment. One reader even contacted us to say he had to wait two and half hours on a plane in Düsseldorf because there apparently wasn’t enough baggage staff to load cases onto the flight. That’s why the German government says it will allow companies to employ staff from abroad at short notice. However, at the same time, ministers came down hard on the private sector for not preparing for the rising demand for travel. German’s Labour Minister Hubertus Heil Heil criticised many companies in the aviation industry for laying off staff in the pandemic – or not topping up reduced hours (Kurzarbeit) pay despite government support. 

Even if the sector manages to fill many positions, it will still take time to clear hurdles so it looks like we’re in for at least a few more weeks of stress if travelling by plane. And with more states about to go on their school holidays, it’s just going to get busier. Keep us posted on how it’s going in German airports if you’re on the move this summer – we’re always eager to hear your experiences. 

Tweet of the week

The dedication to cars and driving in Germany is quite something, as the tweet below shows. 

Where is this? 

Lightning over Frankfurt
Photo: DPA/Jan Eifert

There’s been a lot of mixed weather in Germany this week, with extreme heat, thunderstorms and hailstones depending on which part of the country you live in. This picture shows a spectacular storm on Thursday in the Frankfurt area. It was taken from the Großer Feldberg in the Taunus mountains.

Did you know?

I (Rachel) received my first visit in Germany from a chimney sweep (der Schornsteinfeger) on Friday. Although I don’t have an open fire in my flat, chimney sweeps in Germany are still needed once a year to check your heating system, check for gas leaks and carry out any other maintenance in that area. Did you know Germans also believe seeing a Schornsteinfeger brings good luck? Some say it comes from the olden days when sweeps cleared your chimney meaning you’d be able to cook again and reduced the risk of fires. It’s also meant to be especially lucky to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day or New Year’s Day. This is thought to be partly because traditionally chimney sweeps would collect the fee for their services on the first day of each new year, meaning they were often among the first to wish families a happy new year. Along with miniature pigs (which Germans also find lucky), horseshoes, ladybirds and four-leaf clovers, little chimney sweeps made out of marzipan or plastic are also given as a New Year’s gift to loved ones.

READ ALSO: Eight things German believe bring good luck 

A chimney sweeper in Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt.

A chimney sweeper in Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Matthias Bein

Some chimney sweeps (although not all!) wear a traditional uniform complete with top hat and silver buttons. Giving one of the buttons a twirl is said to bring good luck, but you’d have to politely ask them before doing it!  

Thanks for reading,

Rachel and Imogen @ The Local Germany 

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