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Sahara dust moves to Germany: blood rain and temperatures up to 20 degrees expected

Warm air from North Africa is heading towards Germany – including Sahara dust. Experts expect temperatures of up to 20 degrees in the middle of the week.

Kassel – Many hours of sunshine, a bright blue sky and no rain: One high after the other has so far resulted in mostly dry weather in Germany. The weather trend for March showed that it was already getting really summery in the first month of spring.

After the spring-like weekend, however, people can now expect a rather dull start to the week. In the north-east, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported changing cloudiness and occasional rain on Monday (03/14/2022), which is spreading further north-east. Thunderstorms are even possible locally in the south-west of the country.

Weather in Germany: Sahara dust causes cloudy skies in certain regions

As weather expert Dominik Jung predicted to wetter.net, the Sahara dust will come back from Tuesday (March 15, 2022) – and in masses. The dust is heading from North Africa via Spain and France to Germany and should stay until the weekend. In some regions of the Federal Republic it should rain again on Tuesday. “There the dust can be washed out of the atmosphere, which is then called blood rain. The rain is turning a bit brownish,” explained the meteorologist. The Sahara dust has currently (as of February 15, 2022) already arrived in Germany.

Die besondere Wetterlage färbt den Himmel durch den eingeströmten Saharastaub gelblich. (Archivbild)

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The special weather conditions colored the sky yellowish due to the inflowing Saharan dust. (archive image)

But in which regions will the Sahara dust be seen? Meteorologist Jan Schenk reveals this to The Weather Channel. A model of the Barcelona Dust Regional Center shows that southern Germany in particular could be affected by the special weather event. Above all, parts of the federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Saarland and NWR are in a dense cloud of dust. The phenomenon could be particularly strong in cities such as:

  • Bonn
  • Karlsruhe
  • Stuttgart
  • Frankfurt
  • Wuerzburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Munich

Weather phenomenon in Germany: Sahara dust is spreading – drivers notice that too

This is also noticeable for car drivers. There could then be a thin layer of dust on some car roofs. According to the DWD, the weather * should then relax from the west from the afternoon hours. It continues with mild temperatures between 11 and 20 degrees for the time being. It gets a little cooler in the north.

Spring weather in Germany: Dry March continues

According to Dominik Jung, the sun can prevail again from Wednesday (March 16, 2022). This continues the sunny and dry March weather. Due to the Sahara dust in the air, however, the sunlight is partially clouded, which is why the sky appears milky in places.

However, the nights in the coming days are expected to remain rather cool. “What a weather this March. Extremely dry and sunny. Temperatures are now slightly above the long-term average. It’s slowly getting warmer,” Jung said in a statement.

This is how the weather will continue in the coming days:

Monday (03/14/2022) 9 to 16 degrees
Tuesday (03/15/2022) 9 to 16 degrees
Wednesday (03/16/2022) 13 to 20 degrees
Thursday (03/17/2022) 12 to 21 degrees
Friday (03/18/2022) 12 to 19 degrees
Saturday (03/19/2022) 10 to 17 degrees
Sunday (03/20/2022) 8 to 16 degrees
Source: wetter.net

Weather in March: risk of forest fires in Germany increases

It is not yet possible to estimate exactly how long the drought will last. Some forecasts are counting on sunshine without end, even until the end of the month. Sounds tempting, but it also increases the risk of forest fires locally. The drought in Germany can be really dangerous. According to the index of the German Weather Service (DWD), on Monday the danger value in the north-east was 4 out of 5. In some regions it was even 5 out of 5. According to meteorologist Dominik Jung, the risk of forest fires also reached the second highest or even the highest warning level everywhere at the weekend .”

Der Waldbrandgefahrenindex WBI beschreibt das meteorologische Potenzial für die Gefährdung durch einen Waldbrand. Er zeigt die Waldbrandgefahr in 5 Gefahrenstufen an: 1 = sehr geringe Gefahr bis 5 = sehr hohe Gefahr.

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The forest fire risk index WBI describes the meteorological potential for the risk of a forest fire. It shows the forest fire risk in 5 risk levels: 1 = very low risk to 5 = very high risk.

“If the drought continues until the end of the month, it would be a drought of the century. March has never been so dry since 1881,” explained Dominik Jung. Many rivers would already have low water levels. According to the weather expert, the Rhine near Worms is said to have fallen below the 1 meter mark. “Lake Constance is now struggling more and more with low water. (…) Let’s hope that this won’t be a bad omen for the coming summer of 2022,” warned Jung.

Meteorologist Jung recently gave a cautious weather forecast for the summer of 2022. This looked anything but rosy. (kas) *hna.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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