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Unrelenting Heat Wave Bakes Warsaw; Brief Relief in Store for Berlin

By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
August 10, 2015, 9:21:27 PM EDT

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An unrelenting heat wave will continue to have a firm grip on eastern Europe for much the new week. Across Germany, the heat will come in pulses as shots of cooler air bring only temporary relief.

While the jet stream and resultant storm track remains draped over the United Kingdom and western Europe, a ridge of high pressure will stay firmly entrenched over Poland, Ukraine and surrounding areas through at least midweek.

Temperatures will soar daily into the lower and middle 30s C (near 90 to middle 90s F) in Warsaw, Minsk, Kiev and Vienna. Highs around 23 C (75 F) are more common this time of year.

Little relief will come at night with temperatures remaining above normal.

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Warsaw set a new all-time August high temperature record on Saturday when the temperature peaked at 36.6 C (97.9 F) The previous record was 36.4 C (97.5 F) from August 1994, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

Following six straight days of temperatures 32 C (90 F) or higher, the heat will back off slightly on Monday with a high of 30.6 C (87 F). Temperatures soar again on Tuesday as another streak of 32 C (90 F) or greater high temperatures begins. This stretch of heat is expected to continue into the weekend.

The cumulative effect of the persistent heat will prove extra dangerous for residents and animals who do not find ways to keep cool. Residents are reminded to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and never leave kids or pets unattended in a sealed car.


Strenuous activities should be avoided during the midday and afternoon hours, the hottest times of the day. If that is not possible, be sure to take frequent breaks.

Along the western edge of the heat dome, Berlin finally welcomed some relief on Sunday as a cold front passed through the area. This brief shot of cooler air will be replaced by yet another surge of unseasonable heat on Monday as the temperature climbs to near 32 C (90 F).

Temperatures will continue to climb on Tuesday with a high near 35 C (95 F) before a weak frontal boundary reaches the area on Wednesday resulting in a high of 30-31 C (86-88 F).

The heat will not release its grip on Berlin as temperatures climb back above 32 C (90 F) from Thursday into the weekend.

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A more potent cold front will finally push across Germany late next weekend bringing much cooler air along with the threat for strong thunderstorms.

This front will again struggle to push further east into Poland and eastern Europe, however at least some modest relief from the heat is possible early next week along with daily showers and thunderstorms.

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