Vienna – According to the Geosphere Austria forecast, the weather will be significantly milder, especially at the beginning of the week. The country’s west will see significantly warmer temperatures as early as the weekend. The snow in the lowlands is likely to be over for now.
On Friday, the public holiday, fog patches and high fog will persist over the lowlands in the north, east, and eastern edge of the Alps, south-eastern Styria, and inner-Alpine basins and valleys. Due to the regional south-east wind, however, the sun may fight its way out during the day, especially in the eastern region. It is often sunny in the typical foggy areas; only in Vorarlberg and North Tyrol are there already many clouds from a warm front, and there may be light precipitation in the far west; the snow line is at 1,000 meters above sea level. Early temperatures will be between minus twelve and minus two degrees; daytime highs will usually be between minus three and one degree and up to plus four degrees in the far west.
On Saturday, with the passage of an Atlantic disturbance, there will be a lot of clouds, especially from Salzburg eastwards, and also some snowfall, which should increasingly change to rain at low altitudes. In the transitional phase, grains of ice or freezing raindrops are also possible. The clouds will clear in the west and south during the day, and the sun will shine. The wind will be light from the east to the south-west. From minus eight to plus two degrees in the morning, with highs in the west, temperatures will rise to minus two to eight degrees. It will be the mildest in the Lake Constance region.
Thaw at the beginning of the week
On Sunday, an area of precipitation swings eastwards under the influence of a disturbance. It will briefly bring some snowfall to the lowlands in the north and east. However, the precipitation will quickly change to rain, and the snow line will rise between 900 and 1,300 meters above sea level. There is a temporary local risk of black ice. As the day progresses, it will clear up more often, and the sun will appear. However, isolated showers may still pass through on the northern side of the Alps. A brisk westerly wind will blow in places, but it will remain light in the south. Early temperatures will range from minus six in the valleys on the southern side of the Alps to five in Vorarlberg. Daytime highs will reach two to ten degrees.
It will be clear and sunny on Monday in the south and east. Otherwise, dense clouds will predominate. Rain will fall on occasion, but it will rain for longer periods in the west, particularly on the northern side of the Alps. The snow line will rise to 1,500 to 2,000 meters above sea level. This means a widespread thaw is to be expected. There is still a slight risk of black ice temporarily, especially in the east and in cold-air lakes. The wind will blow weakly to moderately in places briskly from the west. Early temperatures will be minus four to plus six degrees, with daily highs of three to eleven degrees depending on the wind mix.
It will continue to rain on Tuesday in the west of the country. It will only snow above 1,800 to 2,300 meters above sea level. The thaw situation continues. There will be less rain away from the mountains, and in the east and south, it will remain free of precipitation in some areas. There will also be a few sunny spells. In the west, the wind will blow weakly to moderately, sometimes briskly. It will mostly come from the south to the west. Early temperatures will reach minus three to plus six degrees, with daytime highs of three to twelve degrees.
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