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Germany: Heatwave 2.0 to Hit Entire Country

After three weeks of rather cool and wet weather, the heat is back, forecasters say. With the exception of the very north-east of Germany, there were no clouds in the sky on Tuesday morning. It will be a hot day in most parts, but still a harmless one compared to what is about to come later this week.

For Tuesday, meteorologists were expecting temperatures from 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Centigrade) in the province of Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania to 95 degrees (35 degrees Centigrade) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Baden-Wuerttemberg, located in the south-western part of the country.

The Berlin-Brandenburg region will have to prepare for 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Centigrade). Tuesday will not yet deliver what the German Meteorological Service called a “heatwave for the history books”. The latter will hit two days later.

Wednesday in the South-West

For Wednesday, forecasts look sort of similar. But the excessive heat in the south-west will increase and move across the entire southern half of Germany. In Munich, 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Centigrade) are expected.

In the warmest German city of them all, Freiburg, 102 degrees were forecast (39 degrees Centigrade) for Wednesday. Whoever thinks it can not get worse than that might want to think again. In Trier, located right at the border to Luxemburg, 104 degrees (40 degrees Centigrade) will likely be reached.

All of the above sounds like a joke compared to the forecast for Thursday. Eastern Frisia, a region not known for excessive heat, at least under normal circumstances, will experience 91 degrees (33 degrees Centigrade). In Brandenburg and around Berlin, 99 degrees (37 degrees Centigrade) will be reached, and 102 degrees (39 degrees Centigrade) in Frankfurt am Main.

But it does get even hotter than that, in Germany’s south-west. Here, the temperature range expected on Thursday starts at 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Centigrade) in Freiburg and peaks at 106 degrees (41 degrees Centigrade) in the Saarland province.

Fun at the Beach and Danger

What might sound great to tourists at Germany’s North Sea and Baltic Sea beaches is actually dangerous. This kind of heat is a health hazard, especially for older people. Everyone should be drinking enough water and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Another problem is the danger to forests. During the last heatwave three weeks ago, several large forest fires in Brandenburg needed to be fought.

Germany’s public outdoor swimming pools will most likely be crowded for the rest of the week. There are hundreds of them all over the place. Frankfurt am Main has seven, Berlin as many as 25.

The largest one in the capital is ‘Strandbad Wannsee’, where visitors cool down in a lake. At the ‘Badeschiff’ in Berlin’s Treptow quarter the pool is on a barge, located right in the Spree river. This one provides the best photo opportunities.

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