It's getting stormy. A storm low hit large parts of Germany on Thursday and Friday night, as the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach announced on Wednesday. In the northern half, squalls are expected down to low altitudes, and even hurricane-like gusts are possible in the North Sea. The Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) in Hamburg warned of storm surges that could hit the coasts of Lower Saxony and Bremen on Thursday evening. The focus will be in the Weser and Elbe areas, said a spokeswoman.
Heavy squalls are also possible in the low mountain ranges. In the south the wind will initially not be as strong, but will increase in the evening and night of Friday. “At these wind speeds, larger branches can break off and individual trees can also fall due to the soil being softened by all the rain,” warned DWD meteorologist Markus Böse. It will continue to be stormy on Friday, but the wind will decrease as the day progresses. It will be mild on both days with temperatures between four and eleven degrees, the highest values are expected on the Rhine.
Given these temperatures, a white Christmas is not in sight in most places in Germany. “The snow can only last at higher altitudes in the low mountain ranges and in the Alps above 1000 meters,” announced Übel.