It’s getting stormy in Germany. The German Weather Service (DWD) warns of heavy rain and gusty winds on Friday.
From midday onwards, severe thunderstorms with an increased risk of severe weather are expected in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the weather service in Offenbach said. Locally extremely heavy rain with around 40 liters of precipitation per square meter can occur in a short time.
Large hail and heavy gusts of wind to hurricanes with speeds between 100 and 130 kilometers per hour are also to be expected. According to the DWD, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. In the evening there could also be some strong thunderstorms in the south of the country with the potential for severe weather, mainly due to heavy rain and hail.
“The weather situation is not comparable to that of July 2021, which led to the flood disaster,” says meteorologist Dominik Jung (44) to “Bild”. “This situation is a classic thunderstorm situation that can bring local storms, so it will not be a widespread event like the flood disaster,” Jung continued.
Deep from France responsible for weather madness
The Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul (69), has called on the population to be particularly careful. ‘Please stay at home. Avoid spending time outdoors. Keep special distance from buildings, trees, scaffolding and high-voltage power lines.»
Away from the thunderstorms or after them, heavy rain lasting several hours could occur over northern Germany in the afternoon and evening. The weather service expects between 20 and 30 liters of precipitation per square meter. From the afternoon and into the night, apart from thunderstorms, strong to stormy gusts and isolated gusts of wind cannot be ruled out.
According to the DWD, this is due to a thunderstorm that moves northeast from France across northern Germany over the course of the day. Towards Saturday, however, the influence of high pressure will prevail again.
Trees have already fallen
The meteorologists are therefore already forecasting thunderstorms in the east for Saturday night and calming weather from the west. Only along and south of the Danube could thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail and squalls occur for a long time.
The thunderstorm had already caused numerous fire brigade operations on Thursday and on Friday night. For example, trees fell in many places in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Moers, a woman was injured when a tree fell on her car.
There were several lightning strikes in Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, one of which led to an extensive roof truss fire. In addition, cellars in the Hanseatic city and elsewhere were full. In the district of Ludwigsburg in Baden-Württemberg, the thunderstorms caused flooding through roads, streets and cellars. (AFP/ced)