The south of Germany is stuck in the heat pincers
Tuesday, August 22, 1:36 p.m.: The German Weather Service (DWD) has warned of extreme heat stress for the Upper Rhine region. The temperatures could reach up to 34 degrees in Breisgau, the DWD announced on Tuesday.
In the entire southern half of Germany, the weather service also warns of severe heat stress. There is a warning of extreme heat, especially in the south-west and south-east, on the national borders with France and Austria. A meteorologist from the weather service had already advised at the beginning of the week to think of sunscreen and a hat and to avoid the blazing sun.
According to the DWD, there may be showers and thunderstorms in the southwestern mountains on Wednesday. Nevertheless, maximum values of 34 degrees are predicted. Showers and thunderstorms are becoming more likely across the country from Thursday. However, the temperatures can rise again up to 34 degrees.
German weather service warns of heat in Hesse and Baden-Württemberg
12:04 p.m.: The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a heat warning for Baden-Württemberg. In the west, the DWD warned of extreme heat in the regions around Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Heilbronn and Stuttgart. It is hottest between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., said a DWD meteorologist. You should avoid standing in the blazing sun if possible and remember to wear sunscreen and a hat.
Plenty of sun is also expected on Tuesday. The temperatures are between 29 and 34 degrees in summer. On Wednesday there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the mountains. Nevertheless, maximum values of 34 degrees are predicted. From Thursday it will be rainier: showers and severe thunderstorms with temperatures between 27 and 33 are expected in many places.
For the sixth day in a row, the German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a heat warning for large parts of Hesse. A strong heat load is expected on Monday and Tuesday, the meteorologists in Offenbach announced on Monday. The heat will put an extreme strain on old people and people in need of care. The warning applies up to a height of 600 meters on Monday and up to 400 meters on Tuesday. According to a warning map, only parts of northern Hesse are exempt from the warning.
The DWD predicted temperatures of up to 33 degrees for Monday and Tuesday. According to meteorologists, actual temperatures are given in weather forecasts. In the sun and with a high water vapor content, however, these can be perceived as higher. Then one speaks of felt temperature.
Up to 30 degrees and sun at the start of the week in Berlin and Brandenburg
Monday, August 21, 2023, 7:03 a.m.: High temperatures and lots of sun await people in Berlin and Brandenburg at the start of the week. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), there will be clouds in the sky at times on Monday, but mostly it will be sunny. Rain is not expected – with highs between 26 and 30 degrees. It stays clear at night, later the cloud cover thickens. Furthermore, it remains dry. It cools down to between 12 and 17 degrees.
According to the Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection, the forest fire danger level in northern and eastern Brandenburg is two and is therefore low. In the southern half there is a warning level of three and therefore a medium risk of forest fires. The districts with warning level three include Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Elbe-Elster, Havelland and Dahme-Spreewald.
The DWD provides the data. Air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and the precipitation rate are included in the calculation. According to experts, most fires in the forest are caused by human activity.
Heat expected until mid-week – cooling in sight
12:59 p.m.: At the start of the new week, the German Weather Service (DWD) is expecting muggy and hot weather in many places in Germany. “Especially over the middle and the south, the temperature rises above 30 degrees,” said DWD meteorologist Jacqueline Kernn on Sunday. “Together with the high humidity, there is a strong heat load.” A high pressure area meanwhile ensures largely calm summer weather.
In the north, highs of 23 to 29 degrees are expected on Monday, while temperatures of a maximum of 30 to 35 degrees are expected in the southern half of Germany. There is a low risk of heat thunderstorms in the mountains in the south and south-east.
On Tuesday it will be sunny in the south with highs between 31 and 35 degrees. In northern Germany, the DWD expects a milder 21 to 26 degrees, while it should be 26 to 32 degrees warm in the middle of the country. There and in the north it will probably be clear to cloudy.
For Wednesday, the meteorologists expect a maximum of 24 to 29 degrees in the north and in the middle of Germany – and 30 to 34 degrees in the south. Individual weak showers are therefore possible in the north, and there is a low risk of thunderstorms over low mountain ranges.
In the second half of the week, the DWD expects significantly cooler air from a low-pressure area.
Sunday in places again Thunderstorm possible
09.30 am: From Sunday afternoon thunderstorms are possible again in Bavaria. As the German weather service announced on Saturday, it was mostly cloudless and hot at the weekend. Occasional thunderstorms could occur in western Bavaria from the afternoon on Sunday. Especially in the low mountain ranges, heavy rain, hail and gusts of wind cannot be ruled out. There had already been severe thunderstorms in Bavaria on Thursday. In the night on Sunday and Sunday morning it could also be foggy in some places.
Heat in Germany: Up to 36 degrees Celsius expected in the south
Sunday 20 August 2023 at 09:27: According to the German Weather Service (DWD), it will be muggy and hot at the weekend. According to the meteorologists, people in Germany have to be prepared for a strong heat load. “Even in the north and north-east of Germany, temperatures are around 30 degrees today, in the south up to 36 degrees,” said DWD meteorologist Sebastian Schappert on Saturday in Offenbach.
Heat warnings have already been issued for large parts of Germany for a strong heat load, and for the Upper Rhine also for an extreme heat load. “So avoid the heat if possible, especially at midday and in the afternoon, drink enough water and keep the interior cool.” Over the course of the new week and the coming weekend, the weather will gradually become a little more changeable and the heat will slowly subside .
According to Schappert, the reason for the heat is “Christoph”, which transports the very humid and sometimes hot air from Northwest Africa via Spain, France and the Mediterranean Sea to Germany.
Cooling – at least for more northern parts of the country – is promised by the cold front from “Christoph”, which crosses the northern half on Saturday and on Sunday night. “In addition to denser clouds, there are also showery rain and individual thunderstorms, which can be accompanied by stormy heavy rain, gusts of wind and hail.” Locally, gusts of wind with a speed of up to 85 kilometers per hour and heavy rain with 20 liters per square meter in a short time as well as hail are possible . A stronger development to storms with heavy rain cannot be ruled out.
In the following days, slightly drier, warm to very warm air will flow into the north and the northern center. At 23 to 30 degrees, there is no longer any strong heat load to be expected. “However, things are different in the south. There, the muggy and hot air at up to 36 degrees can probably last until next Thursday,” explained Schappert. Temperatures there remained at around 20 degrees, some of them tropical, even during the nights, so sustained heat stress must be expected.
Extreme heat in the Upper Rhine area
10:47 a.m.: While in the northwest, especially near the North Sea, thunderstorms with squalls, heavy rain and hail can rise in the afternoon, a strong heat load is spreading in most of Germany. The German Weather Service warns of the heat and reports extreme heat stress in some parts of the Upper Rhine. The districts of Lörrach, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Emmendingen, Ortenaukreis, Rastatt and the two cities of Freiburg and Baden-Baden are affected.
“Heat stress can be dangerous for the human body and lead to a variety of health problems. If possible, avoid the heat, drink enough water and keep the interior cool,” said the DWD.
The weekend will remain hot and sunny
Saturday, August 19, 8:39 a.m.: The meteorologists of the German Weather Service (DWD) are forecasting plenty of sun, outdoor pool weather and midsummer temperatures for the weekend. Only in northern Germany does a weak low spur temporarily cause denser cloud fields on Saturday. Individual showers can occur between Emsland and Western Pomerania, and individual strong thunderstorms to the east, it said. With values between 24 and 31 degrees, the temperatures in the north are still summery, in the middle and in the south hot 31 to 36 degrees are to be expected as maximum values.
From Sunday to Tuesday there will be plenty of sunshine with only a slight chance of thunderstorms. When there is lightning and thunder, it is mainly in the highlands of the low mountain ranges. With 26 to 30 degrees in the north and 31 to 35 degrees in the south, it will remain warm to hot. The risk of thunderstorms could only increase again in the middle of the week.
Historic city wall von Weißenburg after storm partially collapsed
12:49 p.m.: As a result of the storm with heavy rain in Franconia, part of the historic city wall in Weißenburg collapsed. The wall had collapsed over a length of around 25 meters, a city spokesman said on Friday. Nobody got hurt.