IN PHOTOS: Powerful May storm ‘Eugen’ strikes western Germany

In the west and north of Germany, gusts of up to 140 km/h were measured around the country as the storm front dubbed 'Eugen' struck. 

IN PHOTOS: Powerful May storm 'Eugen' strikes western Germany
A man covered up an asparagus field in Darmstadt, Hesse amid heavy winds on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a storm warning, of either the highest level of red or second level of orange, around the country.

Severe gales up to 100 km/h struck lowland areas. On exposed mountain peaks, hurricane-like gusts ranging between 105 to 138 km/h were recorded.

In the west and northwest, there have also been thunderstorms with sleet or small hail, and winds of up to 80km per hour.

This map from DWD shows the German regions which were most affected by the storm, which was set to pass by Wednesday morning.

DWD also broke down the cities which recorded the highest wind speeds on Tuesday.

Here’s a look in photos of the impact the storm has had around the country.

Dark clouds drifted over a rapeseed field in Worringen, North Rhine-Westphalia, where there were winds of up to 100 km per hour. Photo below: picture alliance/dpa | Federico Gambarini

The poles from a destroyed coronavirus test centre were strewn in a car park in Bad Oeynhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Lino Mirgeler.

But the storm was not such a bad thing for the many kite surfers who took advantage of the strong winds at the Boddensee, in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Felix Kästle

‘Sturm’ was the top trending tag on Twitter as many people posted their photos and videos of the ominously dark skies with fast moving clouds.

The winds were so strong that they brought down several trees, such as this one in Hanover. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Julian Stratenschulte

In Berlin, which was not as heavily affected, cherry blossom trees looked extra dramatic against the grey sky. They alluded to the warm weather to follow everywhere in Germany over the next few days, bringing temperatures of up to 28C by Sunday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Jörg Carstensen

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Snow and highs of 20C: Germany set for ‘rollercoaster’ weather before Easter

From snowstorms to dazzling sunshine, the famously changeable spring weather is set to hit Germany in the run-up to the Easter holidays.

Snow and highs of 20C: Germany set for 'rollercoaster' weather before Easter

Though winter is well behind us, you may well find yourself reaching for your snow jacket once more as Germany is set for some pretty erratic weather over the coming days.

Snow and hailstorms have set in everywhere from the northern coast to the Bavarian Alps, and this blast of cold is likely to endure in the week ahead, according to weather experts.

“The current Easter forecasts point to new cold air from Palm Sunday and this cold air could then even more or less hold its own until Easter Sunday,” meteorologist Dominik Jung told Bild. 

But in true April style, there will also be bouts of warm sunshine in between the cold spells, he added.

“Again and again, forecasts are also appearing that show 20C and more at Easter.”

Generally, German meteorological models don’t predict this far in the future, so the US model is currently being used to predict whether we’ll be in jackets or shorts over the Easter break.

So far, the German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that rain showers, clouds and chilly temperatures will be the main feature of the week ahead, with snow hitting the northeastern and higher-altitude regions over the weekend. 

Schwangau in snow

The castle of Schwangau in Bavaria was covered in snow on Monday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

However, DWD also forecasts temperatures of up to 17 or 19C in some parts of the country. 

“It is the eternal battle between the remaining wintry cold air and the summer air masses that are now pushing into Europe,” said Jung. “This has been going on for weeks now and this back and forth will probably continue until Easter.”

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Here’s what to expect over the coming days:

Tuesday: Snow in the Alps and eastern mountains, scattered clouds and sunshine in the southwest and northeast, heavy winds in the north. Temperatures between 3C and 12C. 

Wednesday: Overcast skies, light breeze and sunny spells with occasional rainshowers. Heavy winds in mountain regions. Temperatures between 7C and 18C.

Thursday: Heavy clouds, rainstorms and thunder and lightning in some regions in the morning, making way for clearer skies in the afternoon and evening. Fresh southwesterly wind with mild temperatures of 10 to 19C. 

Friday: A mixture of sun and clouds and scattered rain throughout the day, mild temperatures and occasional thunderstorms in southern regions. Temperatures between 9C and 19C. 

Saturday: Stormy winds and chilly temperatures, accompanied by scattered rainstorms and heavy clouds. Temperatures of 5C to 9C in the northern regions and 9C to 14C elsewhere. 

Palm Sunday: Clearer skies and mostly dry weather northeastern regions, overcast skies and scattered showers elsewhere. Temperatures of 4C to 8C in the north and northern and 7C to 12C in other parts of the country. 

Monday: Southern regions to see more cloudy skies, isolated showers and occasional snowfall, while northern regions will enjoy clear skies and sunshine. Temperatures between 4C and 11C.