By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 20,2017, 10:04:33PM,EDT
Parts of southern and western Germany will endure several days of dangerous heat this week.
Locations from Munich to Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Cologne will experience the most intense heat with high temperatures near or above 32 C (90 F) through Thursday.
This period of intense heat will increase the threat for heat-related illnesses, especially in the elderly and children. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest time of the day can help prevent heat-related illnesses.
Some locations will receive relief from the heat as isolated thunderstorms impact parts of Germany each day this week.
Any threat for thunderstorms will be limited to southern Germany, including Stuttgart and Munich, on Wednesday. No widespread severe weather is expected, but thunderstorms will again bring temporary relief from the hot and humid conditions.
"The strongest storms will be capable of producing flash flooding and damaging winds," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
While parts of southern and western Germany endure a prolonged period of heat, cooler air will make a brief appearance across central and northern Germany on Wednesday before heat and humidity return on Thursday.
Locations that can expect more comfortable conditions on Wednesday include Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden.
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The heat will peak in many areas from Munich to Cologne on Thursday with highs near 32 C (90 F).
Farther north, severe thunderstorms will erupt Thursday afternoon from Bremen and Hamburg to Berlin.
"These storms will bring the threat for flooding rain, damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado," said Roys.
The storms will approach Cologne and Berlin late in the day before racing southeast into Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden and Munich Thursday night.
Cooler and less humid air will be felt across Germany on Friday.
Above normal warmth will prevail over the weekend, though it will not be nearly as hot as earlier in the week.