Warning notice on a country road in northern Saxony: The persistent drought increases the risk of forest fires
Photo: Sebastian Willnow / dpa
High temperatures, little rain: it stays hot in Germany even on weekends.
The German Weather Service (DWD) sees strong to extreme heat loads and an increased risk of forest fires for large parts of the country these days.
The DWD expects up to 37 degrees on Saturday in the east of the country.
It stays a little cooler, especially on the coasts.
The heat wave has made Germany the current temperature hotspot in Europe.
"With maximum temperatures of over 30 degrees, Germany is currently the warmest region in Europe," said Christian Herold from the DWD in Offenbach on Friday.
Now people also have to be prepared for storms, as the DWD announced.
On Sunday night, a larger thunderstorm area with an increased risk of storms will spread to midnight in the west and northwest.
There can be thunderstorms with severe storms or gale-force gusts that can reach speeds of up to 100 km / h.
Within a short time it can rain between 25 and 40 liters per square meter.
The meteorologists also expect larger hailstones.
The lowest temperatures are at night at 22 to 15 degrees, in the northwest at 15 to 12 degrees.
Storms can also be expected on Sunday.
In the afternoon there can be increasingly heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, large hail and possibly hurricane gusts.
According to the DWD, the risk of thunderstorms is lower in the northwest and between Western Pomerania and Eastern Saxony.
It gets muggy and hot with maximum temperatures of 27 to 37 degrees, on the North Sea coast a bit cooler.
What to do about the heat
The high temperatures can become a burden for the circulation.
It is therefore important to drink a lot.
If you are dehydrated, you run the risk of heat collapse in hot weather.
However, one should be careful with ice cold drinks, they can cause stomach upset.
In addition, the body has to work harder to warm them up.
Ice-cold showers are also not advisable.
The temperature difference puts additional strain on the circuit.
A lukewarm shower is therefore the better choice.
When bathing in a swimming pool, in lakes, in the sea or in other bodies of water, it is important to carefully accustom the heated body to the cold water.
If you don't have a bath, you can always wash your hands, neck and face with cold water.
It is also advisable to put your feet up for a few minutes every now and then.
asc / dpa / AFP