It was not until May that the warm weather in 2023 began. Weather expert Dominik Jung is now predicting a veritable heat wave and drought.
Kassel – In some European countries, there are currently longer periods of heat. In Spain, it set new climate records in April. Weather expert Dominik Jung of wetter.net predicts similar conditions for Germany.
Heat wave on the way: Is there a threat of drought in Germany?
The most positive message from Dominik Jung at the beginning of June: "Continuous sun until next weekend! Longest period of good weather of the current year." What sounds like a dream summer for many people in June could cause problems for agriculture: "June is expected to be very warm and dry." Rain is expected to be absent in the coming weeks – only in the Alps there could be a few showers and thunderstorms.
Long days without a rule: Weather expert Dominik Jung from wetter.net warns of heat waves. © Bernd März/imago/Symbolbild
"It rained enough in the first four months of the year," one or the other might think. At these times, however, it was not nearly as warm as in May 2023. "So far, 40 percent too little rain has fallen on the whole of Germany in May. That's how the month will end, and it'll stay that way in the first five to ten days of June." The weather expert Jung makes people sit up and take notice with his forecast for the summer: "The drought is back in Germany."
When will the rain come back to Germany?
Harvests could be delayed due to the ongoing drought. It is not expected to rain again until mid-June, and the so-called sheep cold is likely to please farmers in particular. However, this could be a short pleasure. "Perhaps the dry, sunny and warm weather will even accompany us throughout the summer of 2023." As the U.S. weather agency NOAA reported, it is even set to one of the five warmest summers since 1881.
Here's what the weather will be like next week:
- Whit Monday: 17 to 27 degrees, sunny, dry, thunderstorms only in the Alps
- Tuesday: 19 to 26 degrees, mostly friendly and dry
- Wednesday: 20 to 27 degrees, mostly sunny, dry
- Thursday: 18 to 27 degrees, lots of sunshine and dry
- Friday: 17 to 27 degrees, mostly sunny and dry
It could be around one to two degrees warmer in June 2023 in Germany compared to the climate average for the years 1991 to 2020. It's not the first year that summer has been dry and warm – it's been the case for the last two years. "We could actually be threatened by a drought 3.0 now," says meteorologist Dominik Jung. But Jung doesn't want to spread panic just yet: "So far, these are all just climatological trends. We'll have to wait and see what happens next."