DWD warns of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail

Weather in North Rhine-Westphalia
The Department of Human Development warns of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail on Monday

A total lunar eclipse occurs on Monday. But the German weather service expects strong thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail and storm surges in the northwest by the northwest at the beginning of the week. But it’s not just uncomfortable on Mondays.

A torrential sun with a few clouds and temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees spoiled the people in NRW on Sunday. Monday night is clear at first. But then in the morning thick cloud fields will appear in the southwest, where there may be scattered showers.

Clouds will increase during Monday and will be humid and warm with a temperature between 23 and 26 degrees. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), heavy showers and thunderstorms – some extreme weather – are likely from early Monday morning. DWD forecasts heavy rain of 15-25 liters per square meter within a very short period of time and strong winds of 55 km/h. In the afternoon it will be windy in many places – the German Meteorological Service expects scattered winds between 70 and 85 km/h (Bft 8-9). It is also possible to hail with granule sizes up to two centimeters.

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Due to heavy rains, there is a local danger of bad weather. According to DWD, the weather calmed down again Tuesday night. Only Thursday afternoon, strong single thunderstorms with heavy rain of about 20 liters per square meter, winds of about 85 km/h and small-grain hail again in the west and southwest.

At the beginning of the week, stargazers can look forward to a special event – on Monday there will be a sight for early risers: sky lovers can observe a total lunar eclipse – although it is not everywhere in Germany. Because in some places the Earth’s satellite will already disappear behind the horizon in the southwest before immersing completely in the Earth’s shadow. In addition, the sky is already bright, since sometimes observers can only follow a partial lunar eclipse, as explained by the head of the Association of Friends of Stars in Germany, Sven Melchert, at the request of the German news agency.

And the weather can also throw a wrench into the works for the curious. “The situation looks bad in the northwest,” a spokesman for the German weather service in Offenbach said of the weather forecast for early Monday morning. In the southeast and northeast it can be cloud-free, but even that’s not guaranteed yet. There may be cloud gaps in the southwest. However, there are still uncertainties in general, as there are still different weather models and it is still possible for a low level to slip.

In any case, the Earth’s satellite will not completely disappear from the sky with the naked eye. During total and partial lunar eclipses, the moon covered in the Earth’s shadow glows red, sometimes only in pale colors. According to DWD, this is related to deflecting sunlight in the Earth’s atmosphere. According to a representative survey conducted by YouGov Opinion Research Institute, more than a third of people in Germany plan to witness at least the phases of a lunar eclipse.

Melchert said the total starts at 5:29 a.m., exactly when Trabant is set, as seen from central Germany. To the east you miss this scene, and in the far west you can observe the total stage for a short time. The middle of the eclipse is reached at 6.12 AM, and the total phase ends just before 7 AM.

“A lunar eclipse describes the astronomical process by which the moon moves through shadow space on Earth,” says the DWD website in Offenbach. Such an event occurs only at the full moon and when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in exactly the same line of space. However, it does not happen automatically with every full moon. “The reason for this is that the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted about five degrees compared to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, where the Earth’s shadow is,” says DWD. Therefore, the full moon usually passes under the earth’s shadow or above it.

Just before 4:30 a.m., the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. However, for many, it will end around 5 am due to sunset, when the moon will enter half of the Earth’s shadow.

(hair / bsch / dpa)

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