Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay

Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay
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The cool and rainy weather this week might be a lousy start to May, but it does have the advantage of keeping German skies free from the volcanic ash currently crippling Irish air traffic.

Andreas Friedrich, a meteorologist for the German Weather Service (DWD), said on Tuesday that the low pressure system “Ulrike” was likely to keep more ash spewing from a volcano in Iceland from impacting flights in German airspace. Airports in Ireland and parts of Scotland temporarily closed down on Monday evening amid renewed safety concerns that grounded air travel across Europe last month.

Friedrich said “Ulrike” will keep German skies safe until at least the weekend, but it will also bring plenty of rain from the Mediterranean.

Tuesday will remain cloudy and cool across most of Germany, with showers expected in the south in the evening. Temperatures will reach only nine degrees Celsius on the coast, with brisk wind expected. The rest of the country will see highs of 10 to 15 degrees.

Overnight there could even be frost as temps drop to zero to four degrees. Meanwhile the south will have lows of three to seven degrees.

On Wednesday, the north will see some sunshine and remain mostly dry. But the southern regions will experience showers and the Alps could see scattered thunder storms. Temperatures will range between 11 and 15 degrees, though the coast will remain cooler and windy around 10 degrees. Higher altitudes in the Black Forest and the Alps might also experience gusty winds.

The rain will continue in the south on Thursday, but the northwestern part of the country is expected to remain dry. Highs will hit 11 to 16 degrees and the overnight lows won’t be quite so frosty at three to nine degrees.

The DWD said the weekend could see the return of temperatures more typical for May, with highs edging towards the 20-degree mark.

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