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Germany: Windswept rain to kick off week after taste of spring over the weekend

After a weekend that will be nearly perfect for outdoor plans in most communities, steady rain and strong winds will return to Germany to start the new week.

It won't feel like the first weekend of February as mild air pours in across the country.

Temperatures on Saturday will soar to 8-10 degrees Celsius (15-20 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal. The day will feel more like late March or early April.

Dry weather and some sunshine will further complement the early taste of spring. Residents who want to take advantage of the mild air spending time outside will have ample opportunity to do so.

Despite an increase in clouds, the weekend will end just as mild in eastern areas from Berlin to Dresden and Passau. Dry weather will dominate most of the day with spotty showers holding off until late in the afternoon or the evening.

Showers will dampen eastern and central Germany on Sunday, but temperatures will remain well above normal for early February.

The showers will be most widespread and pose the greatest disruptions to outdoor plans in southwestern Germany, including in Saarbrucken. Otherwise, showers will be brief and spotty, only dampening a small fraction of the day. Umbrellas shouldn't be needed for more than 30 minutes at a time.

The spotty showers will hit Bremen and Cologne in the morning before arriving in Hamburg, Nuremberg and Munich in the afternoon.

Umbrellas will definitely be needed again on Monday as a cold front ushers in steadier rain. However, gusty winds will make umbrellas difficult to hang on to.

The rain and wind will spread from the northwest to the southeast across Germany from the morning to evening hours of Monday, likely not reaching Dresden and Munich until the afternoon.

Rain and wind could slow travel, both on the ground and in the air due to wet roadways and reduced visibility.

There may also be sporadic power cuts and tree damage as the winds will gust to 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph). That is especially true in northwestern Germany, where gusts to 90 km/h (55 mph) can occur.

"The winds will lessen as the front pushes toward eastern Germany," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said. "Peak wind gusts for Berlin will be closer to 65 km/h (40 mph).

Despite the rain and clouds, temperatures across Germany will remain on the mild side on Monday. However, the wind will lead to lower AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures.

The departure of the front will not lead to a repeat of Saturday's quiet weather for Tuesday. Instead, another storm may return another round of rain and wind to Germany.