Summer weather for Austria’s presidential runoff vote

Summer weather will make a brief appearance in Austria this Sunday - in time for the runoff of the presidential election - which sees the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer up against the Green-backed candidate Alexander van der Bellen.

Summer weather for Austria's presidential runoff vote
Vienna's Volksgarten. File photo: Negina Pirzad

High air pressure and a warm föhn wind from the west will see temperatures north of the Alps from 23C and up to 30C.

The UBIMET weather service says it will be the warmest day of the year so far. However, temperatures are set to fall next week with rainshowers returning.

The areas likely to have the highest temperatures are Lower Tyrol, Flachgau, and the region from Salzkammergut to Mostviertel, according to UBIMET meteorologist Konstantin Brandes. “By the late afternoon and evening, there are likely to be the first rain showers and thunderstorms in Vorarlberg and North Tyrol which signal the approaching weather change.”

In the first round of the presidential election last month, Hofer comfortably beat his rival by 35 percent to 21 percent. It’s thought that Hofer will have the full support of Freedom Party voters, as well as a large majority of disaffected voters and ‘protest’ votes who are angry about the migrant crisis and rising unemployment.

Van der Bellen must hope that he has won over those who would normally vote SPÖ and ÖVP – as well as those who voted for independent candidate Irmgard Griss in the first round. 

A recent TV debate between Hofer and van der Bellen was described by Austrian media as “embarrassing” and an “undignified farce” as the two traded insults.

While Austria's president is largely a ceremonial role, Hofer has sparked controversy with his claim that he would, as president, use his power to dismiss the government under certain circumstances.

For the first time since 1945, the president will not come from one of the two main parties, the SPÖ or the ÖVP.



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.