By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 9,2017, 9:54:52AM,EDT
A cool start to May throughout Germany will transition to warmer weather later this week.
Despite the increase in temperatures, outdoor plans will still be in jeopardy as showers and thunderstorms arrive with the warmer air.
The cold air will begin to give way across the south and west on Wednesday allowing temperatures to peak between 16 and 18 C (60 and 65 F) from Cologne to Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.
It will remain quite chilly from Hamburg to Berlin with high temperatures only near 10 C (50 F).
Normal high temperatures across the country range from 16-18 C (60-65 F) during the first half of May.
Warmth will continue to spread across the country on Thursday with highs near 17 C (62 F) in Berlin and Hamburg while temperatures peak near 21 C (70 F) in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.
Unfortunately, showers and thunderstorms will also threaten southwestern Germany Thursday afternoon before spreading across the southern two-thirds of the country into Friday.
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The most significant warmth will reach the north and east over the weekend with high temperatures near 18-20 C (64-68 F) from Hamburg to Berlin and Dresden.
The threat for showers and thunderstorms will exist throughout Germany this weekend; however, most locations will have several hours of dry weather and at least some sunshine each day.
This shift to warmer weather is expected to continue for much of May with no prolonged periods of unseasonably cold air expected.