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December thaw with temperatures up to 15 degrees – "landslides may occur"


Highlights: December thaw with temperatures up to 15 degrees – "landslides may occur". "The second Advent brings a thaw," said meteorologist Dominik Jung from Heavy rain also creates a risk of flooding in some regions. Between Christmas and New Year, chances are increasing of a white Christmas. So the chances of a snow is possible in the low mountain ranges over Germany, for example in the Harz Mountains, are increasing. However, the mild phase seems to be over at least from 19 December.

Status: 10.12.2023, 17:17 PM

By: Karolin Schäfer

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In Germany, the snow is thawing. Heavy rain also creates a risk of flooding in some regions. Which regions are affected by weather warnings.

Munich – While the onset of winter recently caused chaos, especially in the south of Germany, a change in the weather is now imminent. "The second Advent brings a thaw," said meteorologist Dominik Jung from According to the German Weather Service (DWD), low-pressure systems bring very mild and humid air to Germany. This causes temperatures to rise and causes snow to melt.

Weather in Germany: Temperatures are rising – thaw causes risk of flooding

In the Black Forest and the Alps, heavy rain will also set in from Sunday (10 December), the snow line will rise to 2000 metres in some places, said meteorologist Sebastian Schappert from the DWD. The rains on the edge of the Alps could even last until Wednesday (13 December). In the Allgäu, more than 100 litres of precipitation per square metre are likely to cause already well-filled rivers and streams to overflow. However, the DWD also warned of gale force winds of up to 70 kilometers per hour in large parts of the country.

At the beginning of the week, temperatures are expected to rise significantly, Jung predicted – up to 15 degrees in places. There is no need to fear frost for the time being. However, according to Jung, this is likely to be a few degrees too warm for this time of year, especially in the north and south of the country.

According to DWD, this is how the weather will continue in the coming days:

Sunday (10 December)3 to 12 degrees\t
Monday (11 December)5 to 14 degrees
Tuesday (12 December)7 to 14 degrees
Wednesday (13 December)7 to 12 degrees

"Some of the rivers already have high water levels": floods and landslides possible

"The rivers in southern Germany already have high water levels in some cases, rain and thaw can lead to more widespread flooding and flooding," said DWD meteorologist Jacqueline Kernn. "Since the soils are saturated with water, landslides or landslides can also occur in the mountains."


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After rain and snowmelt, the flood waters reach the first roads and residential buildings in Bavaria. © Pia Bayer/dpa

Flooding is expected in Bavaria from Sunday, including in the Allgäu as well as in Upper and Middle Franconia, the state's flood intelligence service (HND) said. On the Main tributary Itz near Schenkenau, built-up areas could also be affected. Nevertheless, this is "nothing unusual" at this time of year, said an HND spokesman of the dpa. The thaw in the south is not expected to subside until Wednesday.

In these regions, the authorities also expect flooding and flooding:

  • Baden-Württemberg: Upper Swabia and individual tributaries of the Danube
  • Saxony-Anhalt: Altmark and some rivers in the Harz Mountains
  • Hesse: Rhine, Lahn area, upper reaches of the Fulda, Werra tributaries and waters in southern Hesse

Weather-winter takes a break: Is there still a prospect of a white Christmas?

So winter is taking a break for the time being. "Instead of scarves and hats, rubber boots and Friesian mink are back in fashion," says DWD meteorologist Jacqueline Kernn. "Particular care should be taken on rivers and streams in the south of the country." However, the mild phase seems to be over at least from 19 December, Jung explained with a view to the European weather model from the ECMWF.

From 23 December, snow is possible over Germany, for example in the low mountain ranges. So the chances of a white Christmas are increasing. Between Christmas and New Year, temperatures are also expected to remain cool. Only in the north and extreme south could get a little colder than usual. (kas/dpa)

Source: merkur

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