Essen (dpa/lnw) - Tuesday will probably be the hottest day of the week in North Rhine-Westphalia: up to 40 degrees Celsius are possible west of the Rhine. In the other parts, the maximum temperatures range from 36 to 39 degrees, as the German Weather Service (DWD) announced in Essen in the morning. The sun is shining all day, with a weak to moderate wind blowing.
The weather service put the forest fire risk index for parts of the state on Tuesday at the highest level of 5. There is a "very high" risk of forest fires there. Level 4 applies to the other regions in NRW, i.e. a “high” risk.
According to the weather experts, clouds will increasingly gather in the southwest on Wednesday night, and temperatures will drop to between 26 and 18 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms are expected from the afternoon, some of which can be heavier with heavy rain, hail and squalls. The DWD speaks of "local storms". The maximum temperatures on Wednesday are between 28 and 33 degrees, in the east it will remain sunny and dry for longer at up to 37 degrees. On Thursday it will cool down significantly: The weather experts expect temperatures between 21 and 25 degrees.