Austrians can look forward to warmer temperatures: according to the current forecast of Geosphere Austria (formerly ZAMG), up to 18 degrees are expected at the weekend. Regionally, however, stormy weather may also occur.
First, however, it will still be somewhat uncomfortable on Friday. Embedded in the northwesterly high-altitude current, a frontal system will capture the country and bring dense clouds north of the main ridge of the Alps and intermittent rain, especially in the north. In the south, however, it will be sunny for longer periods on Friday with variable cloud cover. Apart from the south and southeast, a mild westerly wind will rise, blowing moderately to briskly in the north and the mountains. While temperatures in the morning can vary between minus and six degrees, the daytime maximum temperature reaches eight to 14 degrees.
On Saturday, the Eastern Alps will remain relatively mild and sunny weather will prevail. Initially, some clouds are still in the north, and occasionally, it may rain lightly. Mostly, however, it will remain dry. The wind blows in the north and on the mountains briskly to stormy from the west. Early temperatures will range from minus two to plus ten degrees. During the day, the thermometer climbs up to 18 degrees.
However, heavy clouds will prevail on Sunday along the northern side of the Alps and in the west, and rain will become more frequent during the day. The snow line will partly rise to over 1,500 meters above sea level. In the eastern lowlands, it will rain only occasionally. Once again, the southern side of the Alps will be favoured, with the most sun. In the foothills of the Alps and the eastern mountains, the west-northwest wind will repeatedly blow briskly to strongly, but in the inner Alps and the south, this quite mild wind will hardly be noticeable. Early temperatures will be around minus two to plus ten degrees, depending on the wind. Daytime high temperatures are around seven to 15 degrees.
Sunshine at the beginning of the week
At the start of the new week, another Atlantic frontal system will mainly brush the northern and northeastern parts of the country with extensive cloud cover and regionally some rain. According to the forecast of Geosphere Austria, brisk to strong westerly winds will also blow in the affected area. However, Monday will generally become friendlier according to the current status and the chances of sunshine increase significantly. Early temperatures in windless Alpine valleys and the south will be around or just below freezing, but in most of the country already at one to eight degrees. During the day, the thermometer will show between eight and a maximum of 14 degrees.
A friendly mixture of sun and passing, mostly thin clouds will set in on Tuesday, especially in the south and throughout the west. Over the northern regions of Austria, denser clouds will move, and a little rain will fall in places. In addition, a partly brisk to strong west-northwest wind will blow in the foothills of the Alps and the eastern lowlands. Early temperatures will range from minus three to plus nine degrees, with daytime highs ranging from nine to 16 degrees.
The warmer temperatures may already be making themselves felt by allergy sufferers. According to the Austrian Pollen Warning Service on Thursday, domestic hazels and alders are in bloom. This can cause “moderate to high levels of exposure.” This trend continues due to favourable weather conditions in the coming days.
He said the pollen count of hazel and alder is particularly encouraged during sunny periods. On walks, areas with frequent hazel, such as forest edges, and alder, such as floodplains, should be avoided, advises the pollen warning service.
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