Status: 07/20/2022 1:25 p.m.
After the heat in western Germany, the people of eastern Germany in particular are sweating. According to the German weather service, the cooling is gradually moving across the country from the west. Before that, however, temperature records could again be set.
After the hottest day of the year so far, with a focus on western and southern Germany, the heat is now slowly moving east. According to the German Meteorological Service (DWD), the highest measured temperature of the year of 39.5 degrees Celsius could be exceeded today in the northeast, a DWD meteorologist said. Temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius are also possible. Then it will also cool down to around 33 degrees in the east and northeast.
It will therefore be less hot in the west and southwest than on Tuesday. However, there will be thunderstorms starting in the afternoon with “local severe weather potential”. The southern half of Baden-Württemberg is particularly affected. There could be heavy rain, strong gusts of wind up to 100 km/h and larger hail. The air becomes heavier and heavier.
“We are not really safe”
Despite slightly lower temperatures in the west, global heat stress remains strong. According to the DWD, the storm has moved northeast. Attention then shifted to North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and North Hesse. Heavy rain for several hours is possible here.
But even if it gets a little rainier and cooler in the next few days, “we’re not really immune to the heat,” the DWD expert said. It could still be warmer over the weekend and into the new week. Temperatures of 30-35 degrees Celsius are normal for this period – but 35-40 degrees is above average as last measured.
Wounded in the forest and forest fires
Several people have been injured in the forest and forest fires over the past few days. As police and firefighters reported, some injured people had to be taken to hospitals during firefighting operations in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, but there were no danger of death. A field fire has spread to a farm near Alsdorf near Aachen. Seven people were mostly slightly injured in this operation, and two firefighters had to go to hospital.
According to local firefighters in Kronau, Baden-Württemberg, a firefighter was poisoned by smoke during a fire on the grounds and had to be taken to hospital. Other rescuers were treated at the scene by paramedics due to circulatory problems and minor injuries. According to this, about seven hectares of a harvested grain field and nearby fallow land caught fire.
In Hennef, North Rhine-Westphalia, firefighters responded to a large forest fire near the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the plume of which was visible for miles around. There too, a firefighter was taken to hospital with circulatory problems due to heat stress.
Power cords can’t withstand the heat
The heat melted the sheath of electrical cables in Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, and led to a widespread power outage. This was announced by the municipal works. Previously he had TOS reported. About 10,000 people are affected, and the emergency call and traffic lights have also failed.
The internet was also disrupted across the city, according to the Stadtwerke website. The Merkur mountain railway is also out of service until further notice. The utility company’s spokeswoman said it was working hard to completely eliminate the disruption.
Berlin supports the first heat aid emergency shelter
More drinks, more flexible shower options and relaxed closing times for detention cells – this is how Berlin prisons are responding to the current heat wave. As announced by the Senate Department of Justice, additional powdered drinks and nutrient-dense beverages are available to prisoners during the hot spell.
Berlin Social Affairs Senator Katja Kipping has opened the city’s first emergency heat shelter. The Senate social administration is supporting the facility with 100,000 euros, Kipping told the hot weather homeless contact point. The organization responsible for the model project is the International Bund (IB). According to the social administration, up to 30 homeless people can stay, shower and rest every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the emergency shelter in the district of Schöneberg. They received food and drink, as well as clothing and sun protection products.
Vice of the SPD faction proposes without heat
In view of the high temperatures, the SPD called on employers to give employees more rest and to consistently observe work safety rules. “If employers want to set a good example and give their particularly stressed employees an extra day off from the heat, we expressly welcome that,” deputy parliamentary group chairman Dagmar Schmidt told the “Rheinische Post”.
At the same time, Schmidt called for a consistent implementation of legally guaranteed occupational safety: “This includes, on the one hand, the flexible adaptation of working hours and workplace to weather conditions and the possibility of sufficient breaks – but on the other hand also checking whether one or the other work can be postponed. »
DGB: Better protect employees from heat
The German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) has also called for better worker protection. Anja Piel, board member of the DGB, told the “Rheinische Post” that too many employers refrain from the prescribed risk assessment and tailor-made protective measures. “During hot summers, that’s exactly what becomes a risk for many employees.” Working in the heat is a serious health risk, especially outdoors in the sun, but also in offices that are too hot. Since heat waves will no longer be rare in the future, employers must now conclude effective agreements with works councils.
Left Co-Chair Janine Wissler also called for new regulations. It is high time that occupational safety was adapted to the demands of climate change. Wissler spoke out in favor of revising the workplace ordinance. “We need heat-free regulation in working life,” she told the “Rheinische Post” and “Bonner General-Anzeiger” newspapers.