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Beautiful late summer weather set to continue into week

Over the weekend Germany was kissed by beautiful sunshine - and don't put your bathers away just yet, because the late summer sun is here to stay.

Beautiful late summer weather set to continue into week
Sun in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

From Munich to Berlin, the first signs of autumn have arrived, with leaves starting to turn to gold and fall from the trees. But that hasn’t stopped the gods from shining their warm benevolence upon us.

Up and down the country over the weekend, Germans were enjoying some of the best weather of the year. And that is set to continue for much of the week.

Throughout Monday, the whole country will be enjoying the late summer sun, with temperatures ranging from 26C to 30C inland, while peaking at a slightly cooler 25 degrees on the coast, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Skies across the entire Bundesrepublik will be blue without a cloud in them, with the exception of the Alpine region which could experience some isolated showers.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the story will be much the same, with temperatures rising up to 33C and not getting much cooler than 28C in most of the country. Again the Alpine region and the Black Forest could experience sudden rain storms.

But by Thursday, the first signs of a turn of the tide are set to appear. While the north and east of the country will continue to bask in warm sun under clear skies, clouds will slowly move in from the south and west, where temperatures will reach a high of 25C.

By Friday, thick clouds will have moved right up to the north of the country, but should have eased off somewhat in the south.

So make the most of the sun while it lasts… it could be your last chance in quite a long time!

Source: DWD

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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

There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

READ ALSO: ‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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