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WEATHER

Weekend promises storms, humidity – and a bit of sun

The forecast for the coming days isn’t the pristine blue skies many of us are hoping for. But, in among the storms, the sun will still peak out.

Weekend promises storms, humidity - and a bit of sun
A storm in Cuxhaven last weekend. Photo: DPA

Meteorological summer is less than a week away, but stable summer highs haven't quite elbowed their way into the skies over Germany yet.

“There will nevertheless be summery temperatures with highs of 25 to 28 degrees,” said Florian Engelmann from the German Weather Service (DWD).

But if you're spending time outside should also prepare for the possibility that sudden storms will break out.

On Saturday the first storm clouds will burst their seams over the south and west of the country in the early morning, DWD reports.

In the north and east the chances of bad weather will be smaller, but the weather will also be cooler, with highs between 19 and 23 degrees.

Source: DWD

On Sunday the best chance for sun is in the east of the country.

The rest of Germany could be covered by thick clouds with the possibility of storms. But with temperatures still rising up to almost 30 degrees it promises to be pretty humid.

So it is mixed news for the open-air swimming pools, many of which have already opened their doors for the summer.

“I’ve been really happy with the season so far,” Mathias Nobel, the boss of the Heidebad open air pool in Halle, told Focus.

“The weather has been pretty changeable so far but, nevertheless, there’s been several warm and hot days.”

Last Sunday alone 500 people came for a dip at one of his three pools, as temperatures soared up to 30 degrees.

A spokesperson for the the open air pool in Arendsee, Saxony-Anhalt, was less positive.

While there have been warm days, “it takes a while before people change their mindset to summer bathing,” he said.

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WEATHER

Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

After a cold blast at the end of November, winter in Germany is set to begin with yet more snow, making it the perfect time to dig out a puffer coat and get out to Christmas market.

Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

German punctuality has struck once again as winter looks set to arrive right on cue this year, with a flurry of snowfall, ice and frosty conditions in several regions of the country.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), Saxony-Anhalt could see the mercury drop as low as -6C on Friday as snow continues to fall until the afternoon. The Harz mountains will also get a festive dusting of snow, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -3C in the coming days.   

Saturday is set to be overcast in the region with up to 5cm of snowfall, but things could dry up on Sunday as temperatures rise to a nippy 1-3C. The eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia can also expect icy conditions and snow over the weekend.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, snow is also expected at higher altitudes. In eastern Westphalia and in the Sauerland region, there could be light snowfall or sleet, DWD reported on Friday. Drivers and cyclists should exercise caution as roads are likely to become slippery due to fresh snow or freezing rain.

DWD explains that two high-pressure areas are currently causing colder winds to sweep across Germany. The first, which caused snow to fall overnight across central Germany, is gradually heading south towards France – though the second is set to bring another icy spell to the country on Friday evening and into Saturday.

Bavaria will be the first to experience the chill as the high-pressure zone travels across the Alps overnight. 

The southern state is likely to have a soggy start to the weekend, with rain falling at lower altitudes – though more hilly and mountainous areas will see some snow. But as temperatures drop during the night, residents of Bavaria could see as much as 5cm as snow on Saturday morning.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

The rest of the weekend will likely be marked by uniform grey skies, frost and drizzle, though those lucky enough to live in an Alpine region could see a few precious rays of sunshine too.

The weather will also take a distinctly wintry turn in Berlin and Brandenburg over the weekend, as the cold front sweeps across northeastern Germany on Saturday and towards the Baltic Sea. 

Friday is likely to be mostly chilly and overcast, with occasional rain or sleet and maximum temperatures of 2C. 

In the night, however, southern Brandenburg will start to see some fresh snowfall, which will move up across Berlin and to the north of Brandenburg over the course of Saturday.

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Soeder

Berliners should be sure to wrap up if they’re heading out to enjoy the festive scenes, since the mercury is likely to hover between zero and -2C. 

Will the snow settle? 

Unfortunately the dusting of white is unlikely to stick around long in most places – so make your snow angels while you can. 

Misty or overcast skies will return on Advent Sunday, while occasional drizzle could well turn Saturday’s snow into slush. Hilly and mountainous regions will be the only ones treated to an extra helping of snow.

Meanwhile, Monday is set to get off to a soggy and wet start, with rainfall in most regions and temperatures between 1C and 5C. 

READ ALSO: Will Germany see more snow this winter?

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