Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend

Sunshine will return to a soggy Germany again over the weekend, when temperatures will also inch up to slightly more tolerable levels, the Geman Weather Service (DWD) reported Friday.

Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend
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Southern and southwestern regions will remain overcast and rainy on Saturday, with even some snow expected above 800 metres in altitude, the DWD said in a statement.

Milder weather is expected in the north, where it will be partly cloudy with some sunshine peeking through after several days of rain.

Highs will range between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius, dropping to a chilly -5 and 2 degrees overnight as the sky clears.

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Though some fog and cloud cover can be expected on Sunday morning, it will quickly clear to reveal a dry and sunny day, the DWD said.

Temperatures will also rise to a springlike 7 to 13 degrees, with the warmest temperatures expected in the typically pleasant Rhine River Valley region.

Though the meteorological spring started March 1, according to astronomical calculations the first day of the season is Monday. Fortunately the weather will likely play along, the DWD said. Most regions can expect dry and sunny conditions with highs between 8 and 14 degrees.


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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

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The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.