Golden October: Germany enjoys sunshine and warmth

After a sunny and unseasonably warm weekend, we look at what we can expect from the weather in Germany this week.

Golden October: Germany enjoys sunshine and warmth
It was a beautiful Monday morning in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

Golden leaves, fresh air and sunshine: autumn is a beautiful season in Germany. And this weekend was no different: there were unseasonably warm temperatures of up to 27C in some parts of the country. 

It's down to a high front from southern Europe which is helping to keep temperatures high, particularly in the south and east of Germany.

In Bavaria, it reached 27C, while it was also warm in neighbouring Baden-Württemberg. In the east, many Berliners and Brandenburgers enjoyed the temperatures of around 23C for walks in parks or along the numerous lakes. Some even braved the cooler water temperatures and went for a dip.

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A woman swims in Baden-Württemberg on Monday morning. Photo: DPA

However, in the north and north west it's been a different story. The temperatures have not been so high there, there's been more rain – and even some storms.

And this sets the tone for the coming days. A low front moving in will bring dense clouds and rain. So make the most of the good weather if it's nice where you are.

The German Weather Service (DWD) said that from Wednesday the weather will become more unpredictable, “but it will remain mild,” DWD meteorologist Julia Fruntke said.

On Monday, temperatures in the south are forecast to rise to a warm late summer temperature of 20 to 26C. In the north the mercury reaches 14 to 19C, so it’s noticeably milder there. Occasional showers are also expected. 

The DWD tweeted a picture of the scene from their office in Offenbach on Monday, saying there were expected to be highs of 24C.

Clouds and more frequent rainfall is expected on Tuesday in the southwest and west, however in the east it should remain dry. The maximum temperatures will reach between 17 to 24C.

On Wednesday, maximum temperatures will be up to 19C and it’s looking like it will be cloudy across the country although perhaps slightly better in western regions.

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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.