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Damage and devastation in several states as Austria’s summer of wild weather continues

Heavy showers, flooding and even hail swept across much of Austria on Monday night, continuing the summer of wild weather in Austria. 

Damage and devastation in several states as Austria's summer of wild weather continues
A stuck train after flooding is pictured in Wald im Pinzgau near Salzburg, Austria. Image: JFK / EXPA / APA / AFP

Storms and flooding were seen in Salzburg, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Lower Austria and Styria.

In Salzburg, a landslide engulfed a train, while 70 people were stuck in their cars between two mudslides on the road between St. Johann and Wagrain.

In Dienten im Pinzgau, a mudslide hit a bus injuring three people, one of them seriously.

In Upper Austria, more than 1,500 emergency services were called to more than 500 incidents throughout the night from Gmunden am Traunsee to Wolfern in the Steyr-Land region.

Streets were flooded, manhole covers blown off and cellars were completely inundated by the rain.

The following video, from Austria’s Kronen Zeitung newspaper, shows the extent of the damage.

In Tyrol, two fires were started due to lightning, while storm debris was found across the region on Tuesday morning.

A family vacationing in the Tyrolean Zillertal region got caught in a thunderstorm while hiking and were forced to take refuge in a hunting lodge, Kronen Zeitung reports

The family were rescued by emergency services who needed to travel to the lodge on foot as they were unable to access it using an emergency vehicle. 

“Due to the thunderstorm and the heavy rain, the access road to the hunting lodge broke away, which made the rescue even more difficult,” the police said on Tuesday morning. 

Fortunately, the coming days will bring some respite for Austria, with dry weather predicted for much of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This summer has been one of the more catastrophic in recent memory in Austria, with flooding seen in several regions across the country. 

READ MORE: How the New Danube protects Vienna from catastrophic floods

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30C: Austria set for first heatwave of the year

Early summer weather reaches the Alpine country in the coming days, with temperatures as high as 30C in the coming days.

30C: Austria set for first heatwave of the year

Austria is set to experience its first heatwave of the year, with temperatures rising to 30C (86F) in several states, according to forecasts from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

Already this Wednesday, the Western state of Tyrol will see high temperatures ranging from 25C to 30C. The state residents can also expect a lot of sunshine throughout the day.

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This Thursday, Styria will be affected by the high temperatures, getting the warmest day of the year so far. In the southeast, it will be up to 30C, and in Upper Styria, 24C to 29C. In all other states, including Vienna, temperatures can get as high as 29C.

With rain expected to fall over the entire country on Friday, temperatures will drop again.

The beginning of the weekend should see a maximum of 26C in East Tyrol. Also on Saturday, as thunderstorms affect mainly the West of Austria.

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On Sunday, though, the sun is expected to shine again in most of the country. Maximum temperatures should be between 25C and 28C, according to ZAMG.

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