Offenbach – At 38.6 degrees, the country’s highest temperature of the year so far was measured in Trier on Sunday. As was told in the evening at the German Meteorological Service (DWD) in Offenbach, the record was set at the DWD Trier-Petrisberg station.
The second place goes to the city of Rhineland-Palatinate: it is up to 38.2 degrees in Trier-Zewen. Third place was shared by the weather stations of Kahl am Main in Bavaria and Frankfurt Airport, with a maximum temperature of 37.5 degrees each. Previously, the maximum value for this year was 38.5 degrees – measured on July 31 in Rheinfelden in the south of Baden. The nationwide maximum temperature on Saturday had already been recorded at 38.2 degrees on the Trier Petrisberg.
Many people sought to cool off by the water’s edge during the hot weekend. The beaches of the North Sea and the Baltic were as full as the lakeside. And in the next few days, even beyond the middle of the week, sweating is still the order of the day.
Hoch “Emil” is spreading across northern Europe and ensures that the Atlantic lowlands have no chance of reaching Germany, as a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD) reports. The heatwave continued, although the air became a little more humid, especially in the center and south. This could result in individual heat storms, even severe ones.
According to the meteorologist, however, these thunderstorms do not bring cooling and summer rains are urgently needed in many places. In addition, temperatures of 30 to 37 degrees during the day and sometimes just below 20 degrees at night were even warmer due to the increasing humidity. The current heat warnings due to the constantly high heat load therefore continue. According to reports, the end of midsummer is not in sight at the moment. There were also thunderstorm warnings in East Germany.
Saturday’s summer weather brought many North Sea and Baltic Sea beaches to their limits – on Sunday too many vacationers were drawn to the sea. Traffic of late vacationers in some federal states made the situation a little more relaxed on Sunday.
Long-distance train usage was slightly higher than the last due to the upcoming start of the school year, a railroad spokesperson said on Sunday. The federal company had previously spoken of the increase in travel traffic on Saturday – but on this day mainly in regional trains to the coasts. As a result, there were no significant restrictions in operation until Sunday afternoon.
The heat led to a temporary shortage of drinking water in the municipality of Lauenau in Lower Saxony. There the water ran out after the hot, dry days. “Otherwise, people would be away in the summer and now they are at home,” said Georg Hudalla, the mayor of the community of Rodenberg, to which Lauenau belongs. As a result, water consumption has increased sharply. The residents of Lauenau had already reacted to the water shortage on Saturday afternoon, and consumption had fallen by two-thirds. The situation eased somewhat on Sunday.
For at least five people in Germany, the pleasure of summer swimming has ended inevitably. Two died in Baden-Württemberg. A 19-year-old non-swimmer was killed at the Waldmattensee in Lahr. A 52 year old man was rescued lifeless from a lake in St. Leon-Rot. The exact circumstances of the accidents were initially unclear. Also in North Rhine-Westphalia, there were several swimming accidents with at least three fatalities this weekend.
Bathers have few alternatives this summer. Due to the corona pandemic, many outdoor pools remain closed or only allow a limited number of visitors to the pool. In recent weeks, many authorities have therefore repeatedly warned against overcrowding in bathing areas, strengthening controls and, in some cases, blocking access.
In Greece, heat thunderstorms with heavy rains on Sunday morning killed at least five people. According to the civil defense, the victims are a toddler and four adults. “In addition, two people are missing,” Civil Defense Chief Nikos Chardalias told state television. The situation is “dramatic”, said the mayor of the most affected area of Messapia on the island of Evia, Giorgos Psathas.
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