Germany: Excessive Heat Forecast for Next Week

Germany will be like an oven next week. Its residents and visitors will likely feel like fried chicken. Forecasters are saying they are expecting temperatures of up to 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Centigrade) at some spots in the country.

This would be the highest temperature in Germany since meteorologists started keeping weather records in the year 1881. At this stage, 40.3 degrees Centigrade (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) is the hottest ever measured. It happened in the town of Kitzingen on August 7th, 2015.

Temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit are already dangerous, especially to elderly people. Above 100 degrees, the authorities usually recommend staying indoors and drinking a lot of water. In some countries, the kind of excessive heat forecast for Germany next week triggers Code Red dangerous weather warnings.

For this coming weekend, up to 95 degrees (35 degrees Centigrade) were forecast. By Thursday of next week, temperatures in some regions within Germany will likely reach 104 degrees (40 degrees Centigrade) and 105.8 degrees (41 degrees Centigrade) on Friday, with lows of around 80 degrees (27 degrees Centigrade) at night.

According to meteorologists, Berlin might experience 100 to 104 degrees (37.6 to 40 degrees Centigrade) on Thursday and Friday (June 27th and 28th). But since those days are still a week away, forecasters are not 100 percent certain. They are sure there will be excessive heat though.

Two weather systems above the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean would force hot air from northern Africa into Europe, experts stated. This was how the record heat would develop.

In the past weeks, especially southern and eastern Germany have been hit by several heatwaves and partially very strong thunderstorms which even caused flooding in certain areas. An end to the extreme weather phenomena is not in sight.

But it looks like there will be a short break. Today, on Thursday June 20th, temperatures between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 30 Centigrade) are expected in Germany. This kind of weather is even cool, in comparison.

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