Thought Spring was coming? Think again

After being treated to a few sunny days in February, Austria has been warned to prepare itself for stormy weather this weekend with some regions seeing hurricane winds of 120 km/h.

Thought Spring was coming? Think again

A cold front is expected across the whole of the country, with wind speeds of between 80 and 120 km/h possible on Saturday in the Alpine region of the country, including Vorarlberg, northern Salzburg, the Alpine areas of Upper Austria, upper Styria and in eastern Flachland.

“Even in Innsbruck gusts could reach 100 km/h,” said meteorologist at weather company UBIMET Josef Lukas. “In the mountains we can expect hurricane winds of well over 120 km/h.”

In Tyrol, and between Klagenfurt and Salzburg, weathermen are also warning of rain and snow.

“It will be snowing especially strongly in East Tyrol and Upper Carinthia, where upwards from 800 to 1000 metres there will be up to 40 centimetres of new snow,” according to Lukas.

Eastern Austria fairs a bit better, with some sun expected between Lower Austria and eastern Styria, although the temperatures will range between 2 or 12 degrees Celsius.

With rain and snowfall expected to continue across much of western Austria next week, there is no Spring in sight just yet.

“The low pressure continues to dominate in the Alpine area. With that in mind, Spring has no chance for the time being,” said Lukas.

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Forecast: Austria set for high temperatures and storms throughout weekend and beyond

The weekend promises hot weather, sun and rain showers and from Monday, temperatures will reach 35C.

Forecast: Austria set for high temperatures and storms throughout weekend and beyond

Austria will enjoy a typical summer weekend coming up in the next few days, with temperatures above 30C, sunny days and afternoon thunderstorms, according to the forecast by the country’s weather agency, ZAMG.

The volatile weather will last throughout the Donauinselfest weekend, with visitors to Austria’s largest free open-air festival having to prepare for hot sunny days and storms in Vienna.

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On Friday afternoon, most of the country will see high temperatures reaching 30C and thunderstorms during the evening and night, including in the city capital.

Saturday morning will still be a bit rainy in the east of the country but only overcast in the south and west. Temperatures will reach 28C. During the afternoon, only Vienna and Burgenland should see rainfall, but temperatures continue high, with thermometers marking from 25C to 28C.

Sunday will be sunny and hot all over Austria, with some residual clouds during the day. In Vienna, temperatures will pass 30C, so festival-goers beware of the heat. Local showers are not excluded in the mountain, but should be an exception.

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A heatwave should hit Austria, especially in the east, on Monday. Temperatures will reach 36C degrees on the day in Vienna and should be over 30C everywhere in Austria. Rain is only expected by the Alps, though, and very little wind should ease the hot day.

Tuesday is also hot throughout the country, with the east seeing up to 36C degrees during the day. Thunderstorms are expected in the West and north of Austria in the afternoon.

Extreme weather warning

Austria’s ZAMG has issued an extreme weather warning for Vienna and the surrounding region on Saturday when thunderstorms are expected.

On Sunday, the weather warning is for extreme heat and covers the east of Austria, including Vienna, Burgenland, and Graz.

On Monday and Tuesday, the entire country is under extreme weather warning for heat, according to ZAMG.