Severe warning weather for NRW – today: Cologne expects severe thunderstorms and warns citizens

DWD warns of storms in NRW
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Cologne expects severe thunderstorms and warns citizens

The German Weather Service issues an official severe weather warning in the event of severe thunderstorms accompanied by very heavy rain. There can also be hail and gales in NRW. The cathedral city in particular is asking its citizens to be vigilant.

The weather in North Rhine-Westphalia can get uncomfortable on a Monday afternoon. As reported by the German Weather Service (DWD), localized storms are expected throughout the day. Heavy rain or short thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain of 15-25 liters per square meter per hour, and strong winds of 55 kilometers per hour will sweep the country.

Locally, torrential rain can fall up to 40 liters of rain in a short time. In addition, isolated gusts of 70-85 km / h are possible, sometimes also small-grained hail.

Weather in NRW? For Monday to Wednesday: The Department of Social Development warns of thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail on May 16, 2022

In the early afternoon, the city of Cologne asked to be careful when staying outdoors. And a heavy thunderstorm was expected, accompanied by heavy rain, hail and winds for the cathedral city. Trees can fall and branches break. Wooded areas, parks, cemeteries and roads should be avoided.

Precipitation varies between 40 and 60 liters per hour in the areas around Oskirchen, Bonn and Arweiler. There are also wind gusts of up to 65 km/h and a chill of grain size of about 2 cm.

There is currently an official warning of severe thunderstorms in the areas around Cliff, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Essen and Wuppertal. Here it can rain 15-25 liters per hour and winds up to 60 km / h.

Near evening, according to the Department of Human Development (DWD), focus shifts to the northeastern half of the country before rain and thunderstorms rumble on overnight Tuesday. According to DWD, the situation will gradually calm down on Tuesday. There will be a mixture of sun and clouds, there will be mostly no precipitation, only local showers are expected. According to forecasts, temperatures will rise from 23 to 26 degrees, and in Hochsauerland it will be about 19 degrees. Then the wind blows moderately.

At night through Wednesday it was a little cloudy or increasingly clear. Locally it can be foggy, but no precipitation. Temperatures in North Rhine-Westphalia drop to lows of 14-10 degrees on Wednesday night and 10-7 degrees in the mountains.

Lunar eclipse at the beginning of the week on May 16

At the beginning of the week, stargazers were able to enjoy a special event – on Monday morning there was a sight of early risers: skydivers could spot a total lunar eclipse – although not everywhere in Germany. Because in some places, the Earth’s moon had already disappeared behind the horizon in the southwest before it could completely immerse itself in the Earth’s shadow. In addition, the sky was already very bright, and observers were only partially able to follow the lunar eclipse, as explained by the head of the Friends of Stars Association in Germany, Sven Melchert, at the request of the German news agency.

During total and partial lunar eclipses, the moon covered in the Earth’s shadow glows red, sometimes only in faint 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 planned to witness at least phases of a lunar eclipse.

Overall work began at 5:29 a.m., just as Trabant had settled in as seen from central Germany, Melchert said. 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 was reached at 6.12 AM, and the total phase ended just before 7 AM.

“A lunar eclipse describes the astronomical process by which the Moon moves through the Earth’s shadow space,” says the DWD home page 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.

(boot / felt / bsch / kag / toc / dpa)

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