Firemen battle intense storms in Upper Austria

Hundreds of firemen were out in Upper Austria last night after the region was hit by stormy and “dramatic” weather.

Firemen battle intense storms in Upper Austria
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Fire services were called out to 320 operations in twelve hours on late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Fire service spokesperson Franz Resperger told the ORF that “storms had dramatically increased in the region” and “in an intensity not seen before”.

Much of the fire services operations were focused on pumping out water from streets, cellars and other property.

“The big pump can pump out hundred thousand litres in an hour,” said Resperger. “Much money was invested here but as you can see in this current example it is for the benefit of the population. With a big team, the fire service can achieve much in just a few hours.”

He added that the fire service had invested in the expensive equipment after it was forecast years ago by meteorologists that the region would be hit by extreme weather.

More severe weather on the way

Weather services have warned that the whole of Austria could face further storms – some severe – and hail today.

The eastern and south-eastern regions will likely stay sunny the longest, with temperatures ranging across Austria from 17 to 30 degrees Celsius.

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Weather: Vienna to bake in scorching temperatures on Friday

Friday is set to be one of the hottest days of the year – so far – in Vienna and parts of Austria, with temperatures forecast to rise to as high as 37 degrees by the afternoon. Here's what to expect in the coming days.

Weather: Vienna to bake in scorching temperatures on Friday

Vienna is expected to be the hottest place in Austria on Friday, although maximum temperatures are only forecast to be slightly lower – 35C – in the eastern Austrian regions of Burgenland, Lower Austria and Styria, according to the forecast by meteorology institute ZAMG.

It will be coolest in the far west, with highs of 29-32C forecast for Voralberg.

In the most eastern parts of the country, it should be sunny and hot all day, but over in the west, clouds are forecast to form over Austria’s mountains from midday, with heavy showers and thunderstorms from the Silvretta to western Upper Styria expected.

Heading into Friday evening, there is a higher chance of thunderstorms from Lake Constance to Upper Austria, with only the south-east and far eastern parts of the country forecast set to remain dry.

Temperatures will drop to 17C in the west overnight, but remain milder at around 21C in the more eastern parts of the country.

Cooler weekend
Temperatures will be significantly lower over the weekend as storms move in, pushing temperatures down to 22-29C. The south-east of the country will be warmest, ZAMG said.

Most of the country will see storms on Saturday, although outside of the mountains, clouds and rain are expected to lift, and some areas may even see some sunny spells.

Sunday will start off dry, but isolated showers and storms are expected from midday over Austria’s mountains and in the south.

Elsewhere, it should be dry and mostly sunny.

Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of between 22-29C.

And we’re not going to see Friday’s baking-hot weather replicated at the start of next week, either.

It will be changeable on Monday, with showers and cloud cover expected across much of the country, except the far west and in the north.

Some clouds will remain on Tuesday, but it should be mostly sunny across the country, with temperatures climbing to highs of 26-28C, still well below this Friday’s peaks.