While Germany has to prepare for a drought summer with a high risk of forest fires, Italy, Croatia and Spain are plagued by violent storms.
Kassel – Sunshine, hardly any clouds and temperatures above 20 degrees: After the spring had been rather wet and cold, Germany can currently look forward to the best summer weather. There is no end in sight for the time being. But the high temperatures cause extreme drought in June, as weather experts warn. The south of Europe, on the other hand, has to reckon with violent storms.
Severe storms are also threatening on the popular holiday island of Mallorca. © Clara Margais/dpa
Weather forecast: Precipitation in Germany fails to materialize in June and causes extreme drought
Four weeks ago, the European weather model predicted a rainy June. However, it is now clear that the opposite is true and that Germany must instead prepare for extreme drought. According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), June will bring significantly less rain and at the same time higher temperatures than usual – a drought summer is imminent. The first hot day is scheduled for Friday (9 June). In the west, south and east, temperatures of up to 30 degrees and more are possible.
After May had already brought comparatively few showers, there could be a minus of more than 50 percent in June. "These are fierce data," said meteorologist Dominik Jung. Even isolated showers and thunderstorms, as they are to be expected on Friday in western Germany, bring little relief. "The famous drop in the ocean," says Jung.
Weather in Germany and Europe: Forests and meadows catch fire more quickly during drought
With the high temperatures, the risk of forest and meadow fires is also increasing. "A cigarette is carelessly thrown away here and there and off you go," warns the expert from wetter.net. Most recently, a fire broke out near Kassel. Numerous firefighters and a helicopter were deployed to extinguish the fires.
Uncomfortable weather in southern Europe: Severe storms plague the Mediterranean region
In southern Europe, the situation is completely different: Here, the lack of precipitation in Germany cavorts and causes violent storms. Thunderstorms, hail, heavy rain and squalls are imminent. Currently, the Mediterranean low is causing heavy showers and thunderstorms, especially in Italy and Spain - on Wednesday (7 June) the low will move towards Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey. Although the storms do not affect every place, the affected areas must expect flooding, landslides and hail and storm damage.
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"If you're planning a holiday on the Mediterranean, you're out of luck," says Jung with a view to the sobering weather forecast. Holidaymakers and locals can expect up to 150 litres of precipitation per square metre over the course of the days. An improvement is not in sight for the time being – the bad weather conditions have completely "stuck", at least for the next seven to nine days.
In Italy, the risk of severe weather remains for the time being – even during the summer holiday season
The low phase could not come to an end until the end of June. At least in Spain and on the Balearic Islands such as Mallorca, precipitation is expected to decrease. But then there is also the threat of another drought period, which is likely to be even less pleasant than the wet weather, at least for the locals. In Italy, on the other hand, the humid air lingers even longer and brings showers and thunderstorms even during the summer holiday season.
The onset of daylight saving time also marks the start of the hurricane season over the Atlantic, the effects of which can be felt as far away as Germany. (tt)