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Germany: Daily storms to expand to Berlin, Hamburg next week

Berlin and Hamburg will join the rest of Germany in facing daily bouts of disruptive showers and thunderstorms next week.

Storm systems emerging from France will cause showers and thunderstorms to focus on southern and western Germany this weekend, in the corridor from Cologne to Stuttgart and Munich.

While a stray shower dotting Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania cannot be ruled out on Sunday, dry air will dominate and provide perfect conditions for outdoor plans in northeastern Germany.

However, an end to the dry spell will come with the weekend.

Showers and thunderstorms will increase across northeastern Germany on Monday and Tuesday as the dry air releases its grip and a large and slow-moving storm system sets up over the United Kingdom and the North Sea.

A turn to the unsettled weather around Hamburg and Berlin will not mean calmer weather for Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich. Instead, the entire country will be at risk for daily bouts of showers and thunderstorms next week.

The stormy pattern next week will work to keep the heat expected to build across eastern Europe late in the week from expanding to Germany.

Highs early next week will range from around 18 C (65 F) in Munich and Cologne to 22 C (71 F) in Berlin.

Those with outdoor plans should prepare for additional disruptions. As soon as thunder is heard, the risk of being struck by lightning is present. It is not out of the question for small hail to fall, especially in northwestern Germany.

"Most of the shower and thunderstorm activity will occur in the afternoons and evenings," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.

Worse than being disruptive, any slow-moving downpours early in the week could trigger localized flooding. The greatest threat will be in areas where recent rain has triggered flooding or left the ground overly saturated.

Later in the week, the potential for more widespread rain or more numerous thunderstorms will be monitored as another storm system emerges from southwestern Europe.