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Rain to dampen Germany ahead of mild Easter weekend

Dry weather will give way to a round of rainfall across Germany on Friday, ahead of a mild Easter weekend.

Rain will arrive from northwest to southeast on Friday and Friday night, causing some minor travel delays for the start of the holiday weekend.

A wet morning is expected from Hamburg to Cologne with rain beginning in Frankfurt by midday.

Rainfall will reach Berlin during the afternoon with showers continuing into Friday night. Dry weather will hold in Dresden and Munich until after sunset, benefiting early holiday travelers.

Milder air will surge across Germany on Saturday ahead of another storm that is expected to bring rainfall on Easter Sunday.

Saturday will feature a few morning showers in Bavaria and Baden Wurttemberg, as drier air settles over the rest of Germany. The mild and dry afternoon will be enjoyed by many heading out to Easter markets.

Anyone going to any of Berlin's Easter markets on Saturday can expect a sunny afternoon with a high temperature of 12 C (54 F).

Following brief morning showers, some sunshine will return for outdoor activities in Munich. Temperatures will be a seasonable 10 C (50 F) during the afternoon.

Anyone with outdoor plans from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf can expect sunshine during the afternoon with temperatures near 13 C (55-56 F).

Those looking to attend bonfire celebrations can expect dry weather countrywide on Saturday evening. However, a jacket may be needed as temperatures fall several degrees shortly after sunset.

Another storm will bring rain to Hamburg, Cologne and Frankfurt on Easter Sunday, while a dry and mild day is expected in Berlin and Munich.

The steadiest rain is expected during the morning in Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne before advancing into Frankfurt during the afternoon.

A dry and mild day in Berlin will make for ideal conditions to attend the Easter Market at Spandau Citadel, Chorin Monastery or Alexanderplatz. The high temperature will be near 16 C (61 F), making it the warmest day of March so far in Berlin.

Anyone looking for a fun family day can visit Britzer Baumblute to see the cherry blossoms, watch stage performances and ride an assortment of fairground rides.