Heat in Germany: temperatures are rising to 39 degrees

Updated 19.06.2022 at 19:13

  • On Sunday, the heat wave caused the thermometer to climb to 39 degrees.
  • The maximum value was measured in Cottbus.
  • Several people drowned in bathing lakes over the weekend.

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The first heat wave of this year had large parts of Germany under control with extreme temperatures over the weekend. According to its own statement, the German Meteorological Service (DWD) registered values ​​of 38 degrees and more at several meteorological stations in the federal states of Thuringia, Saxony and Brandenburg on Sunday afternoon. A new temperature record for the second decade of June was set at 39.2 degrees in Cottbus.

The provisional maximum value at the meteorological station in the East Brandenburg city of Cottbus exceeded the previous maximum value for the second decade of June by almost one degree. The previous record for this period was measured in 2002 with 38.3 degrees in the Rhineland.

Significantly colder in northern Germany

For Cottbus itself, it was also the highest temperature ever measured since the beginning of systematic weather recording in 1888. According to the DWD, it broke the more than 100-year-old historical record of 38.9 degrees, which was officially registered there on July 19, 1921.

In many places, temperatures were just below 38 degrees. According to the meteorological service, 35 to 37 degrees in the wide belt from the Upper Rhine in Baden-Württemberg through southern Hesse and Bavaria to the south of East Germany were registered on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. As the day progressed, many regions were threatened by heavy storms and sometimes heavy rain. In the Brandenburg town of Treuenbrietzen, fire brigades are fighting the flames in a large forest fire.

The cause of the heat wave is the influx of hot dry subtropical air from the Mediterranean and North Africa. Extreme temperatures are still prevailing there.

Three people died in swimming accidents

In contrast, the north and northwest of Germany were under the influence of the cold front over the weekend, in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein they reached values ​​between twelve and 15 degrees on Sunday afternoon, especially by the sea. . It was also only around 20 degrees in North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to meteorologists, values ​​of around 37 degrees were measured on Saturday. The daily peak of 37.1 degrees was reported simultaneously by two weather stations in Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Waghäusel-Kirrlach in Baden-Württemberg. Even on Sunday night, temperatures in several places in southern Rhineland-Palatinate often dropped to only 23 to 24 degrees.

The bathing places were often very busy. There have also been fatal accidents. An 18-year-old boy sank in the water in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, while swimming in front of the beach on Saturday. According to the authorities, firefighters found him an hour later and he died in the hospital. According to firefighters, a 17-year-old and a 59-year-old died on Saturday in Berlin’s bathing lakes. (mt / afp)

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