Hurricane gusts of up to 120 km / h possible: Tief Ignatz sweeps through Germany

After a warm storm comes! Now it’s getting really uncomfortable.

The first big autumn storm of the season is in the starting blocks to rush to Germany. Already today, Tief Ignatz announces itself with a lot of wind and a first surge of very warm air masses. For the south, the German Weather Service (DWD) expects extremely mild weather with summer values ​​of up to 26 degrees on Wednesday.

But from this evening the wind will pick up significantly and should even hit the north with wind force seven. In the second half of the night, there is a threat of heavy gusts of wind up to 100 km / h in the entire west, and even gale-force gusts of up to 110 km / h in the higher elevations. These bring individual showers with them.

It storms here on Thursday

In the early Thursday morning, the storm front is expected to move further east and later towards the Baltic Sea. In the high areas of the Harz, around 150 to 160 km / h are possible. It can be dangerous on the Baltic Sea – on Thursday afternoon, according to the prediction of graduate meteorologist Dominik Jung, hurricane gusts of up to 120 km / h will occur.

Already on Wednesday morning it was really uncomfortable on the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, with strong gusts of up to 120 km / h. Accordingly, it is a little weaker in the southeast at 55 to 75 km / h. In addition, showers and thunderstorms can occur later in the day.

A violent storm has been raging on the Brocken in the Harz Mountains since Wednesday morning Photo: Matthias Strauss

The peak gusts in the purple-colored areas are expected to reach speeds of up to 110 km / h, and in the high altitudes, the gale gusts are expected to reach 160 km / h

The peak gusts in the purple-colored areas are expected to reach speeds of up to 110 km / h, and in the high altitudes, the gale gusts are expected to reach 160 km / hPhoto:

Beware of forests and bridges!

“You should avoid driving in forests from this evening onwards. Truck trips should also be stopped from tonight or trucks should drive to the rest areas. The strong cross wind, especially on bridges, is extremely dangerous. During heavy showers and thunderstorms, strong high-altitude winds can also be mixed down in places, ”warns Dominik Jung, Managing Director of the Weather Service Q.met.

The weather expert explains: “The whole thing is dangerous due to a poisonous edge depression, which, as the name suggests, forms on the edge of the actual storm depression and will therefore cause the strongest gusts. Unfortunately, in the west of tomorrow morning at the latest, disabilities can also be expected in road and especially in rail traffic. Air traffic, for example in Frankfurt / Main and Cologne-Bonn, could also face obstacles tomorrow morning ”.

Because of Tief Ignatz, it is uncomfortable for these Brocken tourists

Because of Tief Ignatz, it became uncomfortable for these Brocken touristsPhoto: Matthias Strauss

It’s getting colder

After the storm, temperatures plummeted significantly on Thursday after the cold front had passed through. At the weekend, values ​​over 10 degrees are hardly ever reached. Only in the southwest do the maximum values ​​rise to just under 14 or 15 degrees. Heavy gusts are expected from next night, especially when the cold front passes through. There is also thunder and lightning. With this drop in temperature, sleet is even possible from Thursday lunchtime – at least at high altitudes.

It will continue like this in the coming days

▶ ︎ On Wednesday It remains mostly dry throughout Germany with a lot of sun, few clouds and only in the north with a little rain at temperatures of 17 to 25 degrees.

▶ ︎ On Thursday if the weather changes from squalls to hurricane-like gusts! While the temperatures are dropping to lows of just 13 degrees, the day promises a lot of clouds and rain.

Scale of storm strengths Beaufort and Saffir-Simpson |  Infographic:

▶ ︎ On Friday it should only be wind and rain clouds in the north. In the south the day clears up and promises up to 15 degrees with lots of sun.

▶ ︎ The weekend starts on Saturday with a mix of sun and clouds with values ​​between 9 and 14 degrees. Of the Sunday on the other hand, draws in further, promises haze and fog at mild temperatures.

▶ ︎ The coming week starts on Monday with a mix of sun and clouds, fog and haze, but mostly dry at temperatures of up to 13 degrees.


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