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
People enjoy sunny weather in Vienna's Stadtpark, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

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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UPDATE: One dead, one missing in Austrian landslides

Rescue workers were trying to reach three villages in western Austria on Wednesday after landslides due to heavy rains cut off access, according to the Red Cross. One person has died, while another is missing.

UPDATE: One dead, one missing in Austrian landslides

Thunderstorms in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday led to streams in the mountainous Villach-Land district in Carinthia state to burst their banks, causing landslides of mud and debris, said Melanie Reiter, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in the state, which borders Italy and Slovenia.

“Three villages have been completely cut off… The army and firefighters are trying to clear the streets” to be able to access the villages, she told AFP.

“One person has been found dead unfortunately… outside the home,” a police spokeswoman, who declined to be named, told AFP.

She added that authorities were still looking for another person who has been reported missing while travelling in a car. Austrian news agency APA said the dead victim was a 82-year-old man.

District head Bernd Riepan said “many” houses had been partially buried, though the exact number was not yet known. Photos showed debris-strewn streets and houses partially submerged in water and mud in Villach-Land.

“We are fighting on several fronts,” Riepan told AFP.

“We have dispatched several helicopters… but some of the farms are very remote, and they have yet to be reached.”

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She could not immediately say how many people have been affected.

As of now, there were no reports of anyone injured, but several houses are believed to have been damaged, she said.

“It looks very bad up there,” she said. Elsewhere in the district, photos showed debris-strewn streets as rivers burst their banks and the wind swept off roofs, according to the Austrian news agency APA.

APA quoted Gerhard Hohenwarter from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics that in Arriach, one of the villages that was cut off, and other places in the region it “rained as much in just a few hours as it does for the entire month for an average June.”

Another community in adjacent Salzburg state was also put on alert as a stream passing through it was threatening to burst its banks, according to the Austrian news agency APA.

As elsewhere in Europe, Austria is experiencing a heat wave with authorities warning of high temperatures and thunderstorms.

Authorities have issued extreme weather warnings around the globe, while experts warn that these phenomena were more evidence of the impact of climate change.