Thunderstorms and heat wave forecast for Germany

More thunderstorms and extreme hail showers are on the way to Germany, according to forecasters.

Thunderstorms and heat wave forecast for Germany
Lightning in Dresden on Monday night. Photo: DPA

After giant hailstones battered Munich and the surrounding area on Monday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said there is a risk of further thunderstorms, torrential rain, high winds and hail throughout Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forecasters have warned that the east and southeast of the country are likely to face more extreme weather on Tuesday, while thunderstorms are to spread north in the night.

They added that sweltering temperatures up to 32C are expected in the east of the country. A heat warning has been put in place there.

This German Weather Service report shows where storms are expected, plus it highlights the heat warning in the east.

50,000 lightning flashes

On Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the roar of thunder awakened many people in eastern parts of Germany.

Those who looked out of the window in Berlin and Brandenburg witnessed a natural spectacle: around 50,000 lightning flashes lit the sky in the region, reported broadcaster RBB 24.

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Lightning in Berlin in the early hours of Tuesday. Photo: DPA

In the whole of 2019, around 130,000 lightning bolts illuminated the skies in this region, indicating the phenomenon of the latest storm.

According to BILD, the figures are calculated on weather data from 155 interconnected measuring stations.

A spokesman for the Berlin fire brigade said, luckily, there was no major storm damage.

In Finsterwalde, Brandenburg, a lightning strike triggered a roof fire, but it was quickly extinguished, a spokeswoman for the Lausitz control centre told RBB24. The heavy rain led to smaller operations after water flooded some basements.

Thunder clouds in Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

The DWD said strong thunderstorms could lash the region on Tuesday evening. This could result in gusts of wind of up to 80 km/h combined with heavy rain. Giant hailstones and wind speeds up to 95 km/h are also possible, said DWD.

The large nationwide differences in temperature remain: temperatures in the southeast and east were expected to be between 25 and 32C on Tuesday, while in the central and northern parts of Germany it should be noticeably cooler at 21 to 25C. In the west and southwest, the mercury is expected to reach just 16 to 20C.

According to forecasters, the risk of thunderstorms will decrease on Thursday.

Storms throughout the south and east

On Monday, the focus of the storm front was on southern Germany and Saxony.

As the Local reported, the hail shower in the Munich area caused injuries, and damaged property when it fell during a storm in the afternoon on Monday.

Several car windows were broken by the hailstones. Meanwhile, houses were submerged in water as torrential rain fell.

Emergency teams were called out on 550 operations in Munich alone, DPA reported.

In the south of Saxony 30 to 50 litres of rain fell per hour, the DWD registered hailstones with a diameter of up to four centimetres. In the Erzgebirgskreis region, the police reported several flooded streets.

It comes after a series of extreme weather incidents in Germany in recent weeks, which included a tornado in western Germany.

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.