21.07.2022, Sachsen-Anhalt, Zielitz: Eine Gewitterfront zieht über die Kalihalden bei Zielitz und bringt für kurze Zeit etwas kühlere Luft nach Sachsen-Anhalt. In den kommenden Tagen soll es wieder heißer werden. Foto: Peter Gercke/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

On Wednesday, July 20th, record temperature values ​​were measured in several federal states. It was the hottest day of the year so far. 40 degrees Celsius and more were reached in Hamburg and Saxony-Anhalt, among other places.

The weather cooled down on Thursday. After a comparatively mild and dry Friday, rain is expected to spread in the south-west in the evening, on Saturday night the south and east of Germany in particular should be affected.

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In parts of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in particular, there is a risk of thunderstorms with severe weather potential. Temperatures are expected to rise again this weekend.

After a rainy Saturday, Sunday should be followed by lots of sunshine across the country, with temperatures ranging from 20 degrees on Rügen to 34 degrees on the Upper Rhine. The next hot day is expected on Monday.

Peak values ​​around 40 degrees are currently not to be expected. Large areas but should be reached on Monday in Germany 36 degrees. In Lower Franconia and in the Rhine-Main area it can get hot up to 37 degrees.

These temperatures can put a strain on the circulatory system and are harmful to some people’s health.

Thunderstorms coming from the west are forecast for Monday afternoon. A bit of the all-clear for everyone who is struggling with the heat: temperatures are expected to cool down to 25 to 29 degrees from Tuesday.

From Thursday, however, a heat front coming from France is expected, the weekend should be hot and dry.

There can be no question of a cooling off in the annual trend either. It looks like the summer of 2022 will be as hot and dry as the record summers of 2018 and 2019. 2021 was the eleventh year in a row that was too warm for Germany.

In Europe, the frequency and intensity of heat waves are increasing faster than in almost any other region of the world because of man-made global warming, the New York Times quotes climate experts as saying.

In the heat, forests catch fire more easily. On the most recent heat record day, several forests burned in Brandenburg, there had been fires before.

Fires are currently being reported from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, among others.