Gales leave trail of damage across Austria

Hurricane-force winds affected some regions of Austria overnight, leaving a trail of damage behind them, but thankfully no recorded injuries.

Gales leave trail of damage across Austria
Photo: Volunteer Fire Department of Wiener Neustadt

Heavy squalls were recorded in Upper and Lower Austria, in Vienna, Burgenland and mountainous regions.

In Wiener Neustadt, winds reached hurricane force, with gusts of more than 130 km/h, causing fallen trees and damage to roofs, according to the Wiener Neustadt Volunteer Fire Department.

At least one of the trees brought down power lines, cutting off energy to more than 75 homes.

This tree disrupted power to more than 75 homes.  Photo: Volunteer Fire Department of Wiener Neustadt

The capital city Vienna saw wind speeds of 126 km/h, including 101 km/h in the central city.
Operations at Vienna's Schwechat international airport were affected by the high winds, with reports in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper of at least one plane that had to abort its landing, and try again.
Another plane which arrived shortly before 6pm was unable to dock with the airbridge due to dangerous wind speeds. Passengers had to wait on board for an hour before they could disembark, while the plane was shaken by turbulence.

According to the UBIMET weather service, the stormy winds are expected to continue overnight on Monday, with expectations of gusts in some areas exceeding 100 km/h.

“From the Vienna area up into the Neunkirchen region, gale-force winds were recorded.  The highest readings were in Wiener Neustadt with 130 km/h and Vienna/Unterlaa with 126 km/h”, said UBIMET meteorologist Josef Lukas.

“The strong winds will continue into the day, with gusts between 70 and 80 km/h,” he added.

A plane was damaged when flipped over by strong winds at a regional airport.  Photo: Volunteer Fire Department of Wiener Neustadt

But the storm is not over yet.

“On Monday night, the winds will die down.  They will increase again on Tuesday morning, specifically in Vienna and parts of Lower Austria again with heavy squalls of up to 100 km/h expected.  In the southern Vienna Basin there is even a possibility of hurricane strength winds,” warned the meteorologist.

The weather is only expected to settle again by Wednesday.

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Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

Despite recent sunny weather, people in Austria will have to brace for wintery temperatures in the coming days.

Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

On Friday, people in Austria woke up to a foggy day that quickly turned into an unexpectedly sunny day with mild temperatures. Still, the country’s weather is about to change, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said.

Saturday should still have some periods of sunshine, especially in the eastern half of the country – perfect for those who will take part in the Viennese Wine Hiking Day (Wiener Weinwandertag), as temperatures should stay around 15C to 18C during the day.

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In Vorarlberg and Tyrol, however, it may already start to rain, especially south and along the main ridge of the Alps.

Early temperatures in Austria are expected to be between one and eleven degrees, with lower values in the north and daytime highs of 15C to 21C.

Screenshot from ZAMG

On Sunday, dense clouds will dominate and rain is expected in many places. However, a few sunny spells are quite possible in between, most likely in the north and east of the country.

Mostly weak to moderate winds from south to west. Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees and daytime highs between 13 and 18 degrees.

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On Monday, sun and partly dense clouds will alternate. In the course of the day, there may be rain showers, especially in the mountains, where the clouds are often thicker.

Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees, with daily highs between 13C and 19C.

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Stormy weather from Tuesday

On Tuesday, the unsettled weather will continue. Although there may be sunny spells sometimes, clouds will predominate.

Rain showers are expected in all parts of the country, and it could rain for longer periods in some areas.

Early temperatures are between six and twelve degrees, and daily highs are between eleven and 17 degrees.