In many places there was a strong thunderstorm at the start of the weekend. The German Weather Service has warned of heavy thunderstorms well into the night on Saturday. Parts of the federal states of Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt are affected, as the meteorologists in Offenbach announced. There was a risk of local lightning damage, flooding of cellars and streets, and hail damage to buildings, cars and fields. The situation can therefore also change regionally, so that in the meantime warnings for certain areas are lifted or new ones are issued.

In the night of Sunday, the thunderstorms should gradually move east, said the meteorologists in Offenbach.

For Sunday, the DWD predicted some clouds and, especially for the eastern half, individual showers; in the afternoon, individual thunderstorms cannot be ruled out.

It gets a maximum of 19 to 23 degrees.

On the night of Monday, temperatures drop to 16 to 12 degrees with cloudy skies or rain showers.

At the start of the new week it should stay warm, in the middle and south of Germany storms can fall again.

Only for Wednesday do the meteorologists promise that the weather will calm down.

Already on Friday evening and on Saturday night, storms had led to floods and accidents in parts of Germany: In Stuttgart, heavy rain tore down a scaffold on a tunnel construction site, killing a worker. Emergency services were able to save another worker who had been carried away from the nearby Neckar. The man was taken to a hospital, as were two other people who probably wanted to come to his aid.

In the Hochtaunus district in Hesse, heavy rains led to numerous fire services.

Especially in the Neu-Anspach area, streets were flooded and basements filled up, said a spokesman for the fire department control center of the Hochtaunus district.

The places Schmitten, Wehrheim and Usingen were also affected.

About 80 percent of the 65 or so missions would have been in the Neu-Anspach area.

Around 120 firefighters were in action.

In Düsseldorf, a child fell on his bike after a lightning strike and was hit by a car.

The twelve-year-old girl was critically injured, as a fire department spokesman announced.

There were also severe storms in Rhineland-Palatinate. In Bad Sobernheim, the local vaccination center was affected because there was a partial power failure after it rained. According to a fire department spokesman, the vaccinations against the corona virus could be continued. At no point was the cooling of the vaccines at risk.

Thunderstorms and showers have also led to around 20 police operations in the Upper Palatinate.

In addition to full cellars, streets were also under water, as the officials announced on Saturday.

The storm caused damage, especially in the district of Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate.

But the whole administrative district is affected.

According to the officials, lightning struck the telephone line in an asylum facility in Vilseck (Amberg-Sulzberg district).

Fortunately there was no fire, no one was injured.

The heavy rain caused three accidents on Autobahn 93.

Due to aquaplaning, the cars skidded and crashed into the guardrail.

One person suffered minor injuries.

Also deployed in the Rhein-Sieg district

Hundreds of fire services were also deployed in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia.

A large part of the around 430 missions occurred in the city of Hennef, said a spokesman for the district's fire department control center.

Numerous cellars have overflowed and slopes have slipped.

Initially, no injuries were known.

Many missions should last overnight.

There were also more than 500 missions in Cologne in the Rhineland because of the storm.

According to the fire brigade, the north of the city was particularly affected.

Among other things, a roof structure burned after a lightning strike.

The fire could be brought under control.

There were no injuries.