Heatwaves and hailstorms as Austria hit by weather chaos

Severe storms wreaked havoc on large parts of Austria last night, causing flooding, mudslides, upturned trees and traffic delays.

Heatwaves and hailstorms as Austria hit by weather chaos
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Hundreds of emergency calls were made to police and firefighters by people needing help to deal with damage from the strong winds, heavy rainfall, and hailstones.

The states of Salzburg and Upper Austria were particularly affected, with thousands of firemen deployed to help clear flooded cellars and repair roofs that had blown off in the wind.

In the town of Annaberg the highway B162 was blocked for 500 metres by a mudslide and the A8 in the direction of Wels was also blocked by fallen trees.

The town of Imst in Tyrol was also heavily affected with firemen working through the night to clear the town centre of flood water.

Some regions – as far away as Innsbruck and Vienna – saw a hot and muggy Monday morning followed by sudden hailstorms.

Weather service UBIMET recorded the hottest day of the year so far on Monday, with 35.7 degrees Celsius in Langenlebarn, Hohenau an der March and Stockerau.

Rain showers and thunderstorms are predicted to continue in some areas on Tuesday, with the national weather service ZAMG issuing a country-wide storm warning.

Particularly heavy rain is expected from Vorarlberg to Upper Austria, which will also be hit by a cold front coming over the Alps from Scandinavia.

The thermometer gauge will range from 17 to 35 degrees Celsius in the country, with the east and south of Austria seeing warmer temperatures although rainstorms are also expected there.

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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.