In the south of Germany, storms have caused many fire brigade operations and disrupted train traffic, especially in the south of Germany. In Lindau on Lake Constance, a campsite had to be completely cleared (Der Stern reported). Also on Friday, thunderstorms, some of them severe, are to be expected in many parts of Germany. This time it will probably hit the west and the north in particular, as the German Weather Service (DWD) writes in its warning report on Friday: “Further thunderstorms, some of them severe, up to storms” are announced in the further course of the day. These are therefore sometimes accompanied by gusts of wind, heavy rain and also hail. Occasionally, hurricane-force gusts or even tornadoes cannot be completely ruled out, it is said. In the south, on the other hand, only isolated thunderstorms are expected. The maps below provide an overview of the current weather conditions.

The interactive map below shows where it is currently lightning, thundering and raining. In addition, you can use the timeline at the bottom of the graphic to call up the forecast for a later point in time. At the top right, the displayed level can also be switched to rain or snow, for example.

The service is provided by The makers use the model from the “European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts” for their representations and forecasts.

The map above shows the DWD’s thunderstorm warnings for today. It is a binary weather map, i.e. places for which there is a thunderstorm warning are colored red. No coloring means no warning.

A solid building or, alternatively, a closed car is considered the best protection in the event of a storm. In buildings without lightning protection for power and supply lines, electrical appliances should be unplugged during thunderstorms

In the great outdoors, walkers or cyclists should crouch down, clasp their legs and bow their heads in depressions, sunken paths, under rocky outcrops or reinforced concrete bridges. The distance to other people or bicycles should be at least one meter. Metal objects such as tools or sports equipment should also be as far away as possible

The saying “Oaks you should give way, beeches you should look for” is wrong. High, free-standing trees should always be avoided, as should poles or fences. Even in the forest, walkers should squat down and protect themselves. In the midst of many trees, the danger is generally lower than in open terrain. Staying in the water is absolutely taboo

If less than 30 seconds pass between lightning and thunder, the thunderstorm is still around ten kilometers away, i.e. very close. Then it is advisable to seek protection. The danger is only averted 30 minutes after the last thunder and lightning

Sources: DWD