The Berlin Environmental Senate has called on citizens to exercise caution in view of the approaching storm. “A thunderstorm will move from the west over Berlin and Brandenburg from Friday afternoon and will cause severe storms until early Saturday morning,” the Senate Department announced on Friday.

She warned against “entering green spaces and the Berlin forests during this time – especially outside of secured paths”. Falling branches and parts of treetops could quickly become life-threatening.

In the city, roof tiles or scaffolding parts could also fall down. “Even after the weather conditions have calmed down, broken branches, falling trees and obstructions from uprooted and broken trees must be expected.”

The German Weather Service had previously issued a severe weather warning. Widespread, severe and sometimes extreme thunderstorms with massive impacts are therefore expected. Heavy rain with 40 liters per square meter in one hour is possible. Hailstones could be about five centimeters in size.

Heavy storm or hurricane gusts are expected, it said on Thursday. “Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out,” said a DWD spokesman in Potsdam.

According to the forecast, thunderstorms and heavy rain can still be expected from the south-west in the evening. Over the course of the night, the weather situation calmed down, with local showers still possible. According to the DWD, before it cools down on Saturday and Sunday, the temperatures on Friday will rise again to a summery 23 to 28 degrees. At night they drop to 15 to 12 degrees.

The summer high will be interrupted for the time being on Saturday. According to the forecast, the weather will be changeable with a mix of sun and clouds as well as occasional rain showers. There can be stormy gusts locally, which decrease towards the evening, it said. The temperatures rise to 19 to 22 degrees. The lows at night are between twelve and nine degrees.

According to the DWD, it will also be cloudy on Sunday, but it will remain dry. The temperatures rise to 18 to 21 degrees. A light to moderate north-west wind will blow. (dpa)