Germany: Stormy pattern to continue this week with heavy rain, thunderstorms

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur across Germany this week, continuing the stormy weather which has resulted in deadly flooding and lightning strikes.

While scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur throughout Germany into Wednesday, a more significant threat will arrive on Thursday and Friday.

A storm tracking from France through southern Germany and into western Poland will unleash heavy rain and thunderstorms from Stuttgart and Munich to Dresden and Berlin.

Rain will spread over Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria on Thursday afternoon. A six- to 12-hour period of rain, at times heavy, is expected to continue into Thursday night before tapering to showers on Friday.

This heavy rain will shift northeast into Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin Thursday night into Friday morning. A similar six- to 12-hour period of locally heavy rainfall is expected in these areas.

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The weather will improve during the day on Friday. Downpours will be limited to the morning, though showers may linger through the afternoon.

Rainfall totals of 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch) will be common with localized amounts up to 50 mm (2.00 inches) possible.

This amount of rainfall will be capable of producing flash flooding, especially in urban areas as well as along small streams.

Travel delays are also expected due to water on roadways as well as possible flight and rail delays.

Overall, dry weather is expected throughout the country by the weekend; however, a few isolated showers will be possible each day.