Germany sees temperature rise of record 41.9C in one week

One weekend the heart of winter, the next already spring: the German Weather Service on Tuesday confirmed a record rise in temperatures in the Bundesrepublik.

Germany sees temperature rise of record 41.9C in one week
People enjoy the sunny weather in a park in Leipzig on Sunday. Photo: DPA

On the weekend of February 13th and 14th, people around Germany went ice skating and sledding following one of the country’s coldest periods in years.

But just one weekend later was a different story: the snow had quickly melted away over the course of the week, and Germans sprawled out for picnics amid spring-like temperatures – a month before spring officially begins on March 20th.

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Within just a few days, the weather in Germany has taken a record turn, according to climate researchers from the German Weather Service (DWD). 

Since records began, the temperature has never risen as sharply within seven days, as the now-confirmed readings from the Göttingen, Lower Saxony weather station in central Germany show. 

While a low of -23.8C was measured there on February 14th, the high on February 21th was 18.1C — marking an increase of 41.9C.

To find anything even remotely comparable, weather researchers had to look far back into the past: The previous record had been set in May 1880, in the early days of weather records. At that time, a temperature rise of 41C had been measured within seven days, said a DWD spokesman.

In northern Germany, two regional winter heat records were also measured on Monday, according to the data: In Quickborn in Schleswig-Holstein, the highest temperature was 18.9C, still above the record temperature of 17.8C logged two years earlier.

And in Hamburg, the Neuwiedenthal weather station even measured 21.1C on Monday. The previous record at the same station of 18.1C just over a year earlier was therefore “pulverized,” a DWD spokesman said. 

“For the first time since temperature records began, the temperature in Hamburg has thus risen above 20C in winter,” he added.

The temperatures around Germany are set to stay warm all week, and drop again at the weekend.

On Wednesday, the mercury will read 19C in Berlin, 18C in Hamburg, 19C in Cologne and 17C in Munich.

But by Saturday, the temperature will drop to 10C in Berlin, 11C in Hamburg, 11C in Cologne and 9C in Munich.

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Living in Germany: Long-distance train boost, confusing kitchens and Hanover highlights

In our weekly roundup about life in Germany we look at plans to invest in the train network, the perplexing lack of kitchens in German flats, the arrival of Herbst and some cool things about Hanover.

Living in Germany: Long-distance train boost, confusing kitchens and Hanover highlights

German long-distance travel set for modernisation programme

There are some really positive things about train travel in Germany, but there is definitely lots of room for improvement. So we were glad to report this week that Deutsche Bahn is planning a €19 billion modernisation programme. The operator says that an extra 450 high speed – or ICE – trains will be added to the country’s network in the coming years. CEO Richard Lutz said the aim is to invest in “the trains of the future”, and even unveiled new double-decker models that will include special office cabins and family areas. The aim is to encourage people to leave their car at home and take the train. Let’s hope that punctuality gets better along with the style of trains. And there is good news when it comes to local public transport: German transport ministers plan to thrash out a plan next month for a €9 ticket successor. Although details are thin on the ground at the moment, it is likely to cost €49 and will be valid on buses, trains and trams throughout local transport networks. 

READ ALSO: How did train travel in Germany get so bad?

Tweet of the week

We relate to English footballer Georgia Stanway, who plays for Bayern Munich, and her confusion about German flats being rented out without a kitchen.

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Pumpkins being taken by boat.

Photo: DPA/ Patrick Pleul

You know it’s Herbst (autumn) in Germany when the pumpkins are out in force. This photo shows Harald Wenske steering a Spreewald barge fully loaded with pumpkins across the water. The 72-year-old also grows potatoes, horseradish and beets in addition to pumpkins on his farmland, which is surrounded by waterways. Now is the time when you’ll start to see Kürbis (pumpkin) on the menu everywhere. 

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Did you know?

Situated on the River Leine, Hanover is the capital of Lower Saxony, which has a state election coming up on October 9th. But did you know it is also home to the World of Kitchens museum (or das Küchen-Museum), the first of its kind in Europe? The museum houses a cafe and cooking school, and features dozens of real kitchen exhibits from different cultures and eras starting from the Middle Ages. Visits to the museum are only possible with pre-booked guided tours, but are well worth it for food and history lovers.  Either at the end of your tour or before, make sure to indulge in traditional German cake and coffee at the Museum’s Schloss Cafe. While in Hanover, you should also check out the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, the New Town Hall and Eilenriede Forest. 

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The Local Germany team

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