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Summery t-shirt weather to continue for the next few days

As German meteorologists predicted last week, the mercury rose well into the 20s at the weekend. And the warm temperatures are forecast to remain in the upcoming days.

Summery t-shirt weather to continue for the next few days
People in a park in Baden-Württemberg on Saturday. Photo: DPA

The high pressure which has arrived in Germany, bringing with it warm air, isn’t leaving us just yet, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

DWD states that temperatures on Saturday reached values of 25C and higher in some areas – meteorologically this is considered a summer day. On Sunday it got even warmer; the mercury peaked at 27C in one town in Baden-Württemberg. Some outdoor swimming pools chose to open up for the season on Sunday, including one in Halle and one in Freiburg.

With the exception of coastal and mountainous regions, the start to the week will see highs of 20C to 25C, the DWD reports, adding that maximum temperatures will remain in the 20s for the rest of the week at least until Thursday.

That means there’s plenty of time to take advantage of the t-shirt weather and fire up the barbecue, or relax in a nearby park.

The summer-like weather is actually not that unusual for this time of year, according to the DWD.

The warm temperatures just seem unusual due to the recent cold period, German meteorologists add. The Easter weekend saw dramatically different weather as thick snowfall covered Berlin, Hamburg and other parts of the north and east.

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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.

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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.

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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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