From red / dpa
Midsummer is here: The temperatures are likely to climb up to 38 degrees, especially in the west. People are looking to cool down.
Offenbach – With temperatures well over 30 degrees, people in Germany broke a sweat on Saturday. Many sought to cool off in the open air pool, in a lake or on the coast – or avoided long stays outdoors and preferred to stay at home. As early as Friday, the temperatures had risen to around 35 degrees in many places. For Saturday, the German Weather Service even forecast heat values of up to 38 degrees. It should stay pretty hot in the coming days, sometimes even at night.
As expected, a particularly large number of people crowded the North and Baltic Seas on Saturday. There were pictures from Schleswig-Holstein in which numerous bathers sunbathed on the beach and rested in the beach chairs. It was similar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony: the seaside resorts in the northeast prepared for a rush of guests, while windsurfers crossed the water in front of Wangerooge in Lower Saxony. Langeoog was particularly beautiful – there was a whole group of seals on the beach at times.
Last year around the time it was up to 42 degrees
In cities, people were also looking to cool off: “Parks, lakes, beach and outdoor swimming pools are bursting at the seams,” reported the Berlin police at noon.
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“Actually, the weather for the weekend and the new week can be described with one word: hot,” said meteorologist Magdalena Bertelmann from the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach. Accordingly, the temperatures in the Alpine foothills could reach 26 to 30 degrees on Saturday and otherwise climb to 31 to 38 degrees – especially in the west. On the coasts it shouldn’t get quite as hot when the wind is cooling. In the afternoon cumulus clouds could appear in the northeast.
The midsummer heat is still a few degrees away from a temperature record in Germany – the 42-degree mark was cracked in July last year. On Friday it was hottest with around 36 degrees in North Rhine-Westphalia: According to the DWD, the maximum value was measured at 36.2 degrees in Tönisvorst.
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As expected, the drought leads to a high risk of forest fires. According to the DWD, the second highest danger level 4 applies almost nationwide, in parts of eastern Germany even the highest warning level 5. Only in the foothills of the Alps does the situation look relaxed due to the recent rainfall with warning level 2. In Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, however, people are more nervous: In large parts of these federal states, the second highest warning level applies, in parts of Rhineland-Palatinate even the highest.
For the next few days, the outlook remains sunny and summery. On Sunday, some clouds can be seen in the east – from the late afternoon onwards, occasionally with lightning and thunder again. Otherwise the sun shines everywhere. Temperatures reach 31 to 36 degrees – in the west, according to the DWD, even up to 38 degrees are possible again.
And also the night temperatures do not give hope for cooling in the coming days. On tropical nights with temperatures not below 20 degrees, night ventilation hardly brings anything, according to the DWD. This nocturnal warmth occurs mainly in metropolitan areas and larger cities.