DGermany‘s hottest places were in Baden-Württemberg on Monday. The German Weather Service (DWD) registered in Bad Mergentheim-Neunkirchen with 36.6 degrees, the nationwide highest temperature of the day. In second place was Waghäusel-Kirrlach with 36.4 degrees. Third place among the hottest places went to Rhineland-Palatinate: In Trier-Zewen, a maximum daily temperature of 36.3 degrees was measured, as it was called in the evening at the DWD in Offenbach. In Trier the day before, the nationwide highest temperature of the year to date was measured at 38.6 degrees.
And it remains hot and humid in Germany, with some severe heat thunderstorms occurring. On Tuesday it is expected to remain dry in the north, while there are initially isolated showers and thunderstorms in the center and south, as the German weather service DWD announced on Monday in Offenbach. From noon onwards, there may be strong thunderstorms locally with the risk of storms. The temperatures reach maximum values between 30 and 37 degrees, at the sea and in the higher mountains it stays a little cooler.
On Wednesday, the thunderstorm air will be pushed further to the southwest. According to the DWD, the areas from Rhineland-Palatinate to Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria are particularly affected. “Most of the rest can enjoy a sunny day,” it said. On the coasts it gets up to 28 degrees, otherwise the temperatures climb to 30 to 36 degrees. It gets hottest in western Germany.
Thursday starts off friendly at first. According to the forecasts, cumulus clouds will form again later. Showers, thunderstorms and sometimes severe weather can occur in certain areas. It stays hot at temperatures of up to 29 to 35 degrees.
Even in the nights, the temperatures hardly drop below 20 degrees. According to the meteorologists, the weather feels even warmer these days because of the humidity. Thus, the Center for Medical-Meteorological Research of the German Weather Service is also extending the current heat warnings, as it was said.
The first municipalities are calling for water conservation
Because of the persistent drought, the first communities in Rhineland-Palatinate are calling for water conservation. There is still no acute emergency in the water supply, said the advisor for water management at the Rhineland-Palatinate Association of Towns and Municipalities, Thomas Rätz, on Monday in Mainz. “But there are signals that show that it is getting tighter.”
For example, the community of Simmern-Rheinböllen in the Rhein-Hunsrück district has already issued bans due to the threat of water shortages: In order to ensure the basic supply of drinking water, pools or paddling pools in gardens have not been allowed to be filled, green areas have been watered or cars on private property since Sunday getting washed.
With a view to a possible water scarcity, there are regional differences, said Rätz. More likely to be affected by the problem are communities in low mountain ranges that “have relatively close groundwater resources and where it is known that the rate of new formation has been falling for a long time”.
With persistent drought and increasing water demand, it makes sense to draw consumers’ attention to the careful use of water, said Horst Meierhofer, the managing director of the State Association of Energy and Water Management Hesse / Rhineland-Palatinate. However, groundwater problems are rather rare. “When things get tight, it’s more of an infrastructure problem”. Water pipes can only be loaded up to the maximum. The current situation is a challenge, but “not dramatic”.
An outdoor swimming pool in the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Gütersloh will remain closed until further notice. Because the water was becoming scarce, a temporary closure of the pool had become inevitable, it said on the website of the municipality of Borgholzhausen. A necessary flushing of the filter would have placed additional strain on the reduced drinking water reserves. The facility has therefore been closed since Sunday.
Mayor Dirk Speckmann (SPD) had already called for water saving on Friday and banned the filling of private pools, watering flowers and sprinkling lawns with drinking water. Otherwise there is a risk of the city’s water supply failing, he warned in a video message. At the weekend, the storage facilities in the small Lower Saxony community of Lauenau ran empty. The fire brigade provided service water, for example for flushing toilets. The mayor there had justified the shortage by saying that more people were at home in the summer than usual during the Corona crisis, so that water consumption had increased dramatically.
Again space on the North and Baltic Seas
Meanwhile, a spontaneous short vacation to the German coasts could be worthwhile: After the full beaches at the weekend, quiet returned to Schleswig-Holstein’s coast on Monday. On the Baltic Sea, there was still enough space for day trippers in the Bay of Lübeck despite the great beach weather at noon. After the end of the holidays in Berlin, Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein on the weekend or on Tuesday in North Rhine-Westphalia, the traffic lights on the strandticker.de website were mostly green on the approximately 30-kilometer-long beach.
A similar picture at the North Sea: On the beach of St. Peter-Ording with a cloudless blue sky there was enough space for every sun-seeker with a lot of safety distance to the neighbors. In Büsum, too, the situation on the main beach and in the family lagoon Perlebucht was relaxed.