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After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns

Germans flocked outdoors to enjoy a foretaste of summer over the Easter holiday weekend, but the country can expect cooler weather and showers in the coming days.

After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns
Photo: DPA

With temperatures climbing into the mid-20s over Easter, Germans took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and flocked to beaches, beer gardens and parks across the country.

But the first part of the short workweek will see sunscreen give way to umbrellas.

A high pressure systems passing over northern Europe will mean cooler temperatures for northern Germany, while remaining areas will see showers and possible thunderstorms, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

“Temperatures most definitely won’t reach the highs from last weekend any time soon,” said DWD meteorologist Dorothea Paetzold in a statement. “But we can expect sunny and dry outdoor weather this coming weekend.”

Click here for photos of summery Easter weather.

It remains to be seen if the rain will be enough to reduce the risk of wildfires, which some observers feared during the warm, dry weather over the Easter holidays.

Tuesday night, much of the country will see scattered showers and thunderstorms, while the northwest will stay relatively dry.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with strong thunderstorms possible. Western and northern regions have the best chance for sunshine, with highs between 12 and 18 degrees Celsius, while coastal and mountain regions will be cooled by moderate winds from the northeast.

Many regions will see stronger rain and fog Wednesday night, with temperatures falling between 4 and 10 degrees.

On Thursday, west and central Germany will see heavy cloud cover with thunderstorms likely. In the east, the weather will be relatively clear, with the sun bringing the temperature to 15 to 20 degrees, even reaching 23 degrees in Saxony and Brandenburg. Coastal regions will see a high of 12 degrees, cooled by winds out of the northeast.

In the west, showers will continue into Thursday night before the cloud cover dissipates Friday morning, with temperatures between 4 and 10 degrees.

On Friday, northern and central regions will be sunny, while the south and southwest will remain cloudy with showers and thunderstorms possible. High temperatures will reach 15 degrees in the northeast and 23 degrees in the west, while coastal highs will remain around 12 degrees as a result of cool easterly winds.

Friday night will be mostly clear across the country, but the air will remain cool, between 3 and 11 degrees.

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WILDFIRES

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).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

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.

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