Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter

Summertime may have officially begun but the weather outlook for Austria over the Easter week is wet and stormy, with a storm warning in effect on Tuesday from Vorarlberg to Lower Austria.

Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter
Photo: Marius Becker/DPA

The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) has issued storm warnings north of the Alps, with gusts of 90 to 120 km/h forecast for Upper Austria, the west of Lower Austria and the Flachgau region on Tuesday. 

Rain, snow and colder temperatures are forecast for the week ahead, with the snow line falling to around 1,000 meters above sea level.

Only the south of the country will have slightly warmer and drier conditions.

As an Atlantic weather front blows in many parts of the country will feel more wintry than springlike over the Easter break. 

Temperatures will range between minus one and five degrees in the morning, rising to between three and 12 degrees in the afternoon.

The strong winds will continue into Thursday, with rain forecast for Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday – with some sunny spells in the east and south.

The weather conditions could prove dangerous in the mountains, with experts in Tyrol and Salzburg warning skiers and snowboarders to be wary of disturbing fresh snow drifts on steep slopes which could easily trigger avalanches.

Many ski resorts will be operating a limited lift service due to the strong winds.

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Austria is set to experience its first heatwave of the year, with temperatures rising to 30C (86F) in several states, according to forecasts from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

Already this Wednesday, the Western state of Tyrol will see high temperatures ranging from 25C to 30C. The state residents can also expect a lot of sunshine throughout the day.

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This Thursday, Styria will be affected by the high temperatures, getting the warmest day of the year so far. In the southeast, it will be up to 30C, and in Upper Styria, 24C to 29C. In all other states, including Vienna, temperatures can get as high as 29C.

With rain expected to fall over the entire country on Friday, temperatures will drop again.

The beginning of the weekend should see a maximum of 26C in East Tyrol. Also on Saturday, as thunderstorms affect mainly the West of Austria.

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On Sunday, though, the sun is expected to shine again in most of the country. Maximum temperatures should be between 25C and 28C, according to ZAMG.