Germany: Cloudy Skies to Obscure Views of Geminid Meteor Shower

Unsettled weather conditions will lead to obstructed views of the Geminid meteor for many across the country this weekend.

As many as 120 shooting stars may be seen every hour during the peak of the Geminids on the evenings of Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. This is one of the highest rates of all the meteor showers throughout the year.

The weekend will start with spotty showers in the southern part of the country and places toward the northern coast on Saturday. The rain will intensify across the north Saturday night into Sunday. It is even possible for snow to fall in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Drier weather and some breaks in the clouds will return to northeastern Germany Sunday night, giving skygazers a chance to view the meteor shower.

Lingering clouds and even a stray shower will create poor viewing conditions from Bremen and Dusseldorf to Dresden.

To the south, there will be more sunshine than clouds on Sunday from Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria. However, the development of patchy fog and low clouds could obscure views for the meteor showers on Sunday night. This includes around Munich.

For those hoping for better conditions on the second night of the display, an incoming cold front will spoil those chances in the western region.

"A cold front will move in from France and bring clouds to the western half of the country [Monday night]," AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said.

Skies should be clear in the east, however. Those keeping an eye for the showers from Dresden to Berlin should have mostly unobstructed views.

To get the best view, stargazers should find a spot away from towns and cities to reduce the amount of light pollution.

While clouds and rain may dampen the weekend, frigid air will be absent.

Temperatures will hover about 3 degrees C (5 degrees F) above average for this time of year throughout the weekend.

"Temperatures will bring conditions that feel more like November with highs in the single-digits C (mid-40s F)," Spamer said.