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Heatwave in Austria: Temperatures to top 36C from Monday

Extreme heat and thunderstorms are expected in Austria on Monday evening with temperatures set to remain high throughout the week.

Heatwave in Austria: Temperatures to top 36C from Monday
People walk past a curtain of water at the Praterstern Square in Vienna during a heatwave. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

The week starts hot and rainy in Austria, with the heatwave forecast to see temperatures hit 35C in parts of the country on Monday, according to Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

There is also a high risk of thunderstorms, especially on Monday afternoon and Friday.

High air pressure and subtropical hot air masses provide plenty of sunshine and summer temperatures on Monday. The sun will shine in a cloudless sky in most of the country, but some clouds might form over the Alps during the day. Thunderstorms are expected by the evening, especially in Tyrol, Vorarlberg, and Salzburg.

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In the morning, temperatures will already hit 25C in the West, and Vienna will have a maximum of 35C.

On Tuesday, unstable air masses from southwestern Europe reach Austria, ZAMG alerts. They should bring clouds, rain showers, and thunderstorms, especially on the southern side of the Alps.

Mornings will be between 15C to 23C, with temperatures reaching 33C during the day.

In the middle of the week, ZAMG says there will likely be rain showers and thunderstorms in Austria. Therefore, there is an alert for extreme weather as the storms can get heavy. The early temperatures are between 15C and 23C, but the daily maximum varies greatly, with 23C expected in the west and about 36C in the east of Austria.

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While Thursday should be sunny with midsummer weather, and no thunderstorms in most of the country, Friday brings a “striking disturbance zone”, ZAMG says.

According to the institute, it is not possible to estimate how far the zone will progress eastwards. Still, the unstable weather will mean showers, thunderstorms, and declining temperatures, especially for Vorarlberg to Upper Austria.

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The daily maximum temperatures also vary regionally, with 22C in the west but 35C in the east. 

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Yes, it's a bit early for Christmas weather forecasts, but it hasn't stopped meteorologists making predictions. Here's what they have to say about the possibility of snow in Austria this Christmas.

What are the chances of a white Christmas in Austria this year?

In less than a month it will be Christmas Eve and the suspense is rising on whether there will be a white Christmas, especially at low altitudes, broadcaster ORF said.

The weather models do not yet reach that far, but ORF Vorarlberg meteorologist Thomas Rinderer has looked at the statistics in a bid to predict the snowfall this year.

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On average, there is a white Christmas in Bregenz every three to six years. The last time was in 2011, so statistically speaking, a white Christmas in the Rhine Valley would be more than overdue.

However, the first long-term forecasts see a relatively mild winter overall, so it’s unlikely that an extremely cold winter is imminent. This follows the warmest October in Austria since records began although, according to ORF meteorologists, “surprises are still possible”.

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This is because even in a mild winter there can still be a lot of snow. 

The Copernicus climate change service of the EU is predicting winter will be dry from France to Germany, but the Mediterranean area will be humid. This can lead to precipitation moving up from Italy into Austria where it’s likely to become snow.

Last year, some parts of Austria (especially in the west) enjoyed a white Christmas after a cold December and plenty of snowfall. This year, many regions in the Alps are already coated in snow although temperatures are set to rise next week.

We’ll keep you updated on the forecasts in the coming weeks. 

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