Desert dust moves over Germany: the sky changes color

Warm air from North Africa is currently moving over Germany – bringing with it desert dust. Experts are forecasting temperatures of up to 20 degrees in the middle of the week.

Update from Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 8:45 am: Dust from the Sahara has arrived in Germany and is already turning the sky over Bavaria a red-orange. This phenomenon was already seen in the sky on Tuesday (15/03/2022) – especially in southern Germany. As a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD) said, this phenomenon should be visible throughout Bavaria on Wednesday. In the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, the dust should make the spring-like day more cloudy, and as of Thursday (March 17, 2022) desert dust may not have blown far.

This is not something unusual at this time, said the DWD expert. These winds reach Germany mainly in the spring and summer. Light precipitation leads to “bloody rain” in the weather and the desert sands are washed away. Then the water turns brown. The sand then becomes visible on cars or garden furniture, for example.

Bad weather gathers over the city center with desert dust coloring the sky yellow/orange.

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Desert dust moving towards Germany: orange-red sky and almost 20 degrees

First report on Monday 14 March 2022: Kassel – Long hours of sunshine, bright blue skies and no rain: one hike after another has so far resulted in mostly dry weather in Germany. The weather trend of March showed that it is already summer in the first month of spring.

After a spring-like weekend, people can now expect a cloudy start to the week and an unusual weather phenomenon – because desert dust is on its way to Germany. In the northeast, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported changing clouds and occasional rain on Monday (14/03/2022), which spreads to the northeast. Thunderstorms are likely to occur locally in the southwest of the country.

Weather in Germany: Desert dust causes cloudy skies in certain areas

As weather expert Dominic Jung predicted for wetter.net, desert dust will return from Tuesday (March 15, 2022) — and en masse. The dust is heading from North Africa through Spain and France to Germany and will remain until the end of the week. In some areas 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 turns a little brown, the meteorologist explained. Currently (as of February 15, 2022) desert dust has already arrived in Germany.

But in which areas will desert dust appear? Meteorologist Jan Schenk reveals this to The Weather Channel. A model of the Barcelona Regional Dust Center shows that southern Germany in particular can be affected by a particular weather phenomenon. Above all, parts of the states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Saarland and the northwest are in a thick cloud of dust. This phenomenon can be especially strong in cities such as:

  • bon
  • Karlsruhe
  • Stuttgart
  • Frankfurt
  • Würzburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Munich

Weather phenomenon in Germany: Desert dust is spreading – drivers take note too

This is also noticeable for motorists. There can be a thin layer of dust on the surfaces of some cars. According to DWD, the weather* should lighten up from the west by the afternoon hours. It continues with moderate 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 Dominic Jung, the sun could prevail again from Wednesday (March 16, 2022). This continues in the sunny, dry March weather. Due to the desert dust in the air, the sunlight is partly cloudy, which is why the sky looks like milk in some places.

However, the nights for the coming days are expected to remain somewhat chilly. “What a March weather. Very dry and sunny. Temperatures are now slightly above the long-term average. “The weather is slowly getting warmer,” Jong said in a statement.

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

Monday (14/03/2022) 9 to 16 degrees
Tuesday (15/03/2022) 9 to 16 degrees
Wednesday (16/03/2022) 13 to 20 degrees
Thursday (17/03/2022) 12 to 21 degrees
Friday (18/03/2022) 12 to 19 degrees
Saturday (19/03/2022) 10 to 17 degrees
Sunday (03/03/2020) 8 to 16 degrees
Source: wetter.net

Desert dust in March: Increased risk of forest fires in Germany

It is not yet possible to estimate exactly how long the drought will last. Some forecasts depend on the brightness of the sun endlessly, until the end of the month. It may sound tempting, but it also increases the risk of wildfires burning locally. Drought in Germany can be really dangerous. According to the German Meteorological Service (DWD) index, the danger value in the Northeast on Monday was 4 out of 5. In some areas it was 5 out of 5. According to meteorologist Dominic Young, the danger of forest fires also reached the second highest warning level or even Highest warning level everywhere this weekend.”

The Forest Fire Risk Index describes the meteorological potential for a forest fire hazard. The risk of wildfires appears in 5 levels of risk: 1 = very low risk to 5 = very high risk.

© DWD screenshot (Status: 03/14/2022)

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

Meteorologist Young recently made a cautious weather forecast for the summer of 2022. This looks anything but rosy. (cheese) * hna.de is an offer by IPPEN.MEDIA

List of rules: © Sven Hoppe / dpa

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