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Threat of thunderstorms from Saturday: Friday was the hottest day of the year in NRW with 36.9 degrees

Threat of thunderstorms from Saturday : Friday was the hottest day of the year in NRW with 36.9 degrees

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, but thunderstorms are now on their way. On Saturday, the weather might be changeable in many places in NRW – potentially with heavy rainfall.

The glorious summer weather will end today, Saturday, in many parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, with clouds, showers and thunderstorms. Nevertheless, it will be warm once again and the German Weather Service (DWD) expects temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius. However, it will be muggy, said meteorologist Ines von Hollen.

The last day of July was certainly the hottest day of 2020 in NRW to date. It was probably warmest in the Rhineland. On Friday afternoon, the German Weather Service recorded a temperature of 36.9 degrees Celsius at a weather station in Weilerswist in the Euskirchen district. A DWD meteorologist stressed that the official maximum value would not be determined until later in the evening, and could well be even higher.

In Tönisvorst in the Lower Rhine region, the temperature reached 36.4 degrees in the afternoon. A month ago, the highest temperature of the year so far in NRW of 33.2 degrees was also recorded there. However, this is still far from the all-time NRW record reached last year in Tönisvorst, when the thermometer reached 41.2 degrees.

For Saturday afternoon, the DWD does not rule out heavy rain, hail and blustery showers. In some places there is even a danger of thunderstorms.

In the night to Sunday it will be cloudy, and showers and strong thunderstorms are still possible. On Sunday it will not be so hot, with temperatures up to 26 degrees.

(Original text: dpa, Translation: John Chandler)