Berlin – It is hot in Germany, at the same time there is a risk of partially strong thunderstorms in many areas in the coming days.
The German Meteorological Service (DWD) told Offenbach there was a local risk of storms on Wednesday, especially in western and southwestern Germany and in the Alps. According to forecasts, during the day it can be up to 36 degrees of heat. To the north and east it should remain sunny and dry.
Severe storms hit parts of Germany on Tuesday. The Frankfurt firefighters carried out nearly 300 missions in two and a half hours. In the north of the city, it was mostly full cellars and twisted branches, a firefighter spokesperson said. Heavy thunderstorms with a lot of rain and a strong wind also moved across North Rhine-Westphalia. The DWD’s radar images showed rainfall amounts exceeding 40 liters per square meter in places, as meteorologist Ines Wiegand said. The “WDR Verkehrstudio” reported flooded lanes on the A43 between Sprockhövel and Bochum on Twitter.
After the drinking water storage tank at Lauenau in Lower Saxony emptied over the weekend and water tankers were used, people were called upon to save water elsewhere as well. The first municipalities of Hesse spoke of water supply emergencies. Suppliers and associations have recommended careful use. The corona pandemic is contributing to high water consumption this summer, which means many people are not going on vacation.
Drought also poses a high risk of forest fires. The corresponding danger index is at the highest level of five in many places, especially in north-eastern Germany.
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the midsummer climate favors the growth of blue-green algae on the Baltic coast and in inland lakes. Blue-green algae – or more accurately: cyanobacteria – can form toxins that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes and, if large amounts of water are swallowed, cause vomiting and diarrhea. From Schleswig-Holstein, however, it has been said that there are currently no reports of weathered algae in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
In places where the summer holidays are already over, many students are at risk of suffering from the heatwave – especially if they also have to wear masks because of Corona. The Federal President of the Education and Science Union (GEW), Marlis Tepe, has called for more breaks. “Opportunities must be created for teachers and pupils to refresh themselves regularly,” she told the “Rheinische Post” published in Düsseldorf. In addition, a supply of beverages must be ensured. “This applies in particular to federal states like North Rhine-Westphalia, where it is compulsory to wear a mask in class.”
For the moment, a high “Emil” over Scandinavia and a low “Heike” over north-eastern France and the Benelux countries determine the weather in Germany. “Emil” guarantees that the sun can shine almost unhindered from the North Sea to the Oder, as DWD meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel explained on Tuesday. Another positive effect in the northeast is the supply of dry air, which means that it gradually cools down at night.
Due to the depth of the “Heike” things look different in the rest of Germany: here warm and humid air can still be pumped into the country. Wednesday’s thunderstorm is mainly focused on areas from North Rhine-Westphalia to the Alps.
“It will be interesting Thursday and Friday,” Kirchhübel explained. “Tief” Heike “with its low pressure zone can now advance east and take federal territory for itself. The risk of thunderstorms increases from the southwest. Almost throughout the southwestern half of the country , it can crack in hot, humid air. Only the north and east remain outside for the time being. “
The hottest place in Germany was the Saar on Tuesday. The DWD recorded in Saarbrücken-Burbach with 37.3 degrees, the highest temperature of the day in the whole country. Like Monday, Waghäusel-Kirrlach in Baden-Württemberg came second: 37 degrees were measured there on Tuesday. Third place was in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Tönisvorst it was up to 36.7 degrees, as it was called in the evening at the DWD in Offenbach.
In Trier, the highest temperature of the year in the whole country so far was measured on weekends. At the Trier-Petrisberg DWD station, the thermometer climbed to a maximum of 38.6 degrees on Sunday. According to the DWD, the German temperature record is 42.6 degrees – measured on July 25, 2019 in Lingen an der Ems. However, the DWD is currently reviewing this value after criticizing the measurement in Lingen.
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