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Northern Germany hit by severe winds and storms

Severe winds wreaked havoc across the north of Germany during the night and one man died after a tree fell onto his car.

A fallen tree on parked cars in Hamburg.
A fallen tree on parked cars in Hamburg. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Jonas Walzberg

Emergency services were called out several times during the stormy weather on Wednesday night, and the early hours of Thursday. 

On the B4 near Wesendorf in Lower Saxony, an uprooted tree crashed into a 63-year-old man’s car on Wednesday evening.

The man died at the scene of the accident. His 35-year-old son, who was also in the car, suffered minor injuries.

The storm caused almost 40 incidents in the state, particularly in and around Oldenburg. There was also a lot of property damage.

Elsewhere, Hamburg fire and rescue teams said they recorded 36 storm incidents by early evening, ranging from fallen branches to flying objects and toppled scaffolding.

They said no-one was reported to be injured. There was some flooding, including at Hamburg Fish Market, but no major incidents. 

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In Schleswig-Holstein, gale-force winds caused trees to fall on roads fences to fall, a spokesperson said early Thursday morning. There were no injuries.

In the south of the state alone, emergency services had to be called out almost 180 times, the spokesperson for the control centre said. On the A1 between Bad Oldesloe (Stormarn district) and the Bargteheide motorway junction, vehicles had to be recovered on Thursday morning after a lorry accident. Due to the strong winds, it was not possible on Wednesday evening. 

Similar incidents also took place in Brandenburg. Storm gusts overnight led to several fire and police operations in the state that surrounds Berlin.

According to a spokesperson for the call centre in Potsdam, an articulated lorry and two cars crashed into a tree lying on the road on the A24. No one was injured.

Covid-19 test tents were also damaged by the wind.

Vocabulary

Accident – (der) Unfall

Heavy gusts/winds – (die) Schwere Sturmböen

Overturned/uprooted trees – (die) umgestürzte Bäume

Police operation – (der) Polizeieinsatz

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Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After days of summery weather, temperatures in Germany are set to peak at around 30C this week before a cooler spell over the weekend.

Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After a long spell of sunny weather, most parts of Germany could see summer arrive early this week with clear blue skies and sweltering temperatures – but the hot weather may not last long, according to meteorologists.

Heat and sunshine should last through the middle of the week but suddenly give way to cooler temperatures over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

On Tuesday, most regions see temperatures in the mid to high 20s and a continuation of the dry weather of the past week. In the northeast, including Berlin, the mercury could reach 28C, and temperatures are likely to be between 22C and 28C across western and central areas.

Those in higher altitude regions of the south and those along the north coast should be the only people needing their rain jackets as this part of the country could see scattered showers and clouds, according to DWD.

Wednesday is the day to plan a lake trip as this is likely to be the hottest day of the week. 

Most parts of the country will stay sunny and dry throughout the day and people can expect summery temperatures of between 24C and 30C.

For those on the north coast, it’s likely to be a little chillier, with temperatures of around 15C and partly overcast skies.

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring with them cooler temperatures, with the hot spell giving way to scattered showers and clouds in many regions over the weekend.

On Saturday, southern regions will see highs up of up to 23C while the northern regions will slip down to 18C during the day.

But anyone planning to be out and about on Saturday evening in the south should bring a warm jacket as the mercury could drop as low as 4C. 

Sunny weather Standbad Lübars

A woman enjoys the warm weather at Standbad Lübars in Berlin. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Britta Pedersen

Northern regions ‘too dry’ 

Though most people have been thrilled to see a warm burst of sunshine in the middle of spring, climate experts have been voicing concern about the uneven rainfall across the country.

In an analysis published on the DWD website, the meteorologists claimed that the northern and eastern parts of Germany have been “clearly too dry” in the past weeks.

“A first glance at the current map already reveals that the regional differences of April have continued in May,” they wrote. “In almost all regions of the northern half and in some parts of the centre, hardly more than 10 and in many places not even 5 litres of rain per square-metre fell in the first days of May.”

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

Though experts had predicted low rainfall, the first 10 days of May have been even drier than predicted.

The lack of rainfall has caused groundwater to dry up significantly, sparking fears of forest fires and drought over summer.

Though more rainfall could come at the end of May, the Weather Channel’s Jan Schenk believes the probability of an overly dry summer is now “very high”.

Schenk believes that predictions for rainfall could have overestimated the amount of precipitation by up to 50 litres per square metre in some areas. This is a reason for households to start saving water now, he told HNA

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