Chilly weather to hit areas of Austria

A cold weather front is set to sweep Austria in the coming days with heavy rainfall expected in the mountainous western region and storms in the south.

Chilly weather to hit areas of Austria
Recent hailstones in Austria. Photo: FF Ludersdorf

Weather experts at UBIMET say western Austria may feel winter-like conditions with some mountain areas seeing as much as 60 liters per square metre of rainfall.

Temperatures will also drop from Vorarlberg to Salzkammergut from Friday evening, ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Celsius. “Hikers and holidaymakers in the high mountain regions should be prepared for deep winter-like conditions,” said meteorologist Josef Lukas.

South-eastern Austria will initially feel warmer – around 30 degrees – but the temperature will gradually drop following rain showers and storms.

“From Carinthia over southern Styria and into south Burgenland, there will be strong storms,” said Lukas.

In the areas north of the Danube, including eastern Flachland, will see the least amount of rain although a stormy westerly wind will keep it feeling fresh, according to UBIMET.

The cool temperatures will not hang around for too long, however, with the weather calming on Saturday. By Sunday it will be warm enough to swim again with some places seeing temperatures as high as 29 degrees.


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Five people dead after violent storms hit Austria

Five people, including two children, died in Thursday as storms wreaked havoc in Austria, according to the country's news agency and officials.

Five people dead after violent storms hit Austria

Three people died due to a falling tree in Lower Austria state, news agency APA reported.

In the southern state of Carinthia, two children were killed and about a dozen other people injured at a small lake when the storm also uprooted several trees there, said Red Cross spokeswoman for the state Melanie Reiter.

Elsewhere in the region, roofs were blown off and other damage caused, she told AFP.

She said the children were estimated to be between five and eight years old. 

Train traffic also came to a halt in Carinthia and neighbouring states because of the damages caused by the storms, according to rail operator ÖBB.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and President Alexander Van der Bellen expressed their sympathies for the victims with Van der Bellen describing the children’s deaths as an “immeasurable tragedy”.

In June, an 82-year-old man died after landslides caused by heavy rains caused widespread damage, also in Carinthia state, which borders Italy and Slovenia.

Austria is currently experiencing a heatwave and authorities have warned of thunderstorms.

Experts say climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of heatwaves and other extreme weather events.