Weekend promises both hailstones and sunshine

It is a mixed bag when it comes to weather in Austria this weekend, with parts of the country expecting strong rain, hail and storms while other regions enjoying 31 degrees sunshine.

Weekend promises both hailstones and sunshine
Strandbad Alte Donau. Photo: Stadt Wien

Large areas of Austria, particularly in the western alpine region, will be hit by rain Friday afternoon as well as parts of Saturday, eventually turning into more stormy conditions on Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures will stay high however, which may cause uncomfortably humid and sticky conditions.

“In the muggy air, this could turn fierce, with much lightning, strong rain, storms and hail,” said UBIMET meterologist Josef Lukas. “In some places storms with flooding and landslides are even possible.”

Those in the southern and eastern areas of the country can feel smug, however, as it will stay mostly dry and sunny in those regions. Some areas of Upper Austria, Vienna and Burgenland are even expected to see 31 degrees Celsius but don’t get too comfortable as UBIMET warns individual storms are “also possible here”.

In Vienna, summer bathers have already been filling up the popular swimming spots at Alte and Neue Donau, with many taking the opportunity of the holiday this week to soak up some rays.

Operators of swimming pools in the city will also be happy to hear of the warm coming weekend, after seeing a record slow start when they opened at the beginning of May due to particularly grey and wet weather.


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.