Sun and mild weather predicted for Austria this weekend

After weeks of cold temperatures and snow, Austria is set to record mild weather this weekend, with temperatures of up to 12 degrees.

Sun and mild weather predicted for Austria this weekend
A lighthouse on the Danube island in Vienna, Austria. Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP

On Friday afternoon, the sun is set to come out, before a mild Saturday and a return to chillier temperatures on Sunday. 


After scattered showers at lunchtime, on Friday afternoon the sun is expected to come out and the temperatures will rise to up to 11 degrees. 


On Saturday, the mild weather is set to continue in Austria. 

In the south of the country, the sun will shine longer and the temperature is expected to rise to 12. 

The west of the country is expecting rain and mild temperatures, before falling below zero again at night. 


The warm weather respite is not set to last long, however. 

From Sunday, the snow will start falling again, with most parts of Austria set to be covered in a thick layer of cloud until midday. 

From there, it is set to snow in the south and east, with warmer weather and temperatures of up to eight degrees predicted in the west and southeast. 


The new week will bring with it new weather, with dry and sunny weather across much of the country. 

While the temperatures will get down to minus seven overnight, they are expected to rise to a maximum of nine degrees during the day on Monday. 


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An "exceptional" dust cloud from the Sahara is choking parts of Europe, the continent's climate monitor said on Monday, causing poor air quality and coating windows and cars in grime.

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Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service said the latest plume, the third of its kind in recent weeks, was bringing hazy conditions to southern Europe and would sweep northward as far as Scandinavia.

Mark Parrington, senior scientist at Copernicus, said the latest event was related to a weather pattern that has brought warmer weather to parts of Europe in recent days.

“While it is not unusual for Saharan dust plumes to reach Europe, there has been an increase in the intensity and frequency of such episodes in recent years, which could be potentially attributed to changes in atmospheric circulation patterns,” he said.

This latest episode has caused air quality to deteriorate in several countries, Copernicus said.

The European Union’s safe threshold for concentrations of PM10 — coarser particles like sand and dust that that can irritate the nose and throat — has already been exceeded in some locations.

A picture taken on April 8, 2024 shows a rapeseed field under thick sand dust blown in from the Sahara, giving the sky a yellowish appearance near Daillens, western Switzerland. – An “exceptional” dust cloud from the Sahara is choking parts of Europe, the continent’s climate monitor said, causing poor air quality and coating windows and cars in grime. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

The worst affected was the Iberian Peninsula in Spain but lesser air pollution spikes were also recorded in parts of Switzerland, France and Germany.


Local authorities in southeastern and southern France announced that the air pollution threshold was breached on Saturday.

They advised residents to avoid intense physical activity, particularly those with heart or respiratory problems.

The dust outbreak was expected to reach Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia before ending on Tuesday with a shift in weather patterns, Copernicus said.

The Sahara emits between 60 and 200 million tonnes of fine dust every year, which can travel thousands of kilometres (miles), carried by winds and certain meteorological conditions.

The Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of northwest Africa saw just 12 days within a 90-day period from December to February where skies were free of Saharan dust, the local weather agency Aemet had reported.