The river Spree – view from the bridge Hansabrücke in Berlin Moabit. A leisure boat is passing by, blue skies – it’s finally Summer in Berlin.
The famous / infamous bridge Admiralsbrücke crossing the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg. During the Berlin Summer this bridge can be quite crowded with people chatting, playing instruments, singing, drinking, enjoying themselves.
So far Berlin Summer has been a bit like the stock market: up and down. Yes, we had a couple of nice, sunny, warm days – but we definitely also had some cold, windy and quite rainy days. Even if it’s warm and sunny during the day, that doesn’t mean too much for the evening to come. Chances are that the next thunder storm is just around the corner.
So I don’t want to complain too much about this up and down, since that’s what weather is all about, isn’t it? And at least we did not have any severe floods like they sometimes can happen during the summer months. And this year there were actually already some serious flooding in the south / south west of Germany – but nothing the like in Berlin.
And – let’s face it – the rain, that keeps returning every couple of days, is actually good for the environment. So all the parks and and also the trees along the streets and alleys are all nicely green. So – I would say so far this summer has been a bit like April, concerning the rapid change of weather conditions – and Autumn, concerning the wind and the rain.
Update: the second half of July seems to be much more agreeable. Almost every day the temperatures are between 25°C (77°F) and 32°C (90°F) and the thunderstorms are only hitting Berlin maybe once a week – if any. People are enjoying themselves in Biergardens and on terraces, having dinner outside – summer has finally arrived. Yay!
Currently Berlin Weather seems to behave a bit weird: it’s still August, but the temperatures are hardly climbing above the 20°C mark (which would be 68°F). And the trees actually seems to loose their leaves already. So is this still summer? Or is it already Autumn? Autumn in August? Please not. It’s not really cold – but it’s not warm either. It doesn’t feel like Summer at the moment.
Good news / not so good news: it’s not Autumn yet – and the leaves probably ‘just’ fell off the trees because the past months were just way to dry. And it seems that another ‘heat wave’ is just ahead of us: the weather report is promising whooping 33°C already this weekend, topped by 34°C on Monday. For the Fahrenheit aware folks: that would be some 91°F – 93°F on Sunday / Monday. And the sun is actually supposed to come out already this afternoon.
So far the forecast says this ‘heat wave’ will only stay for couple of days – next week temperatures will go down again towards the 20°C mark. But – you never know.
So – chances are, we have another Summer Weekend ahead of us – and all the summer activities should once again be possible. Whether you prefer hanging by a lake or grilling in the park – this weekend should be a good one for such activities. Time to leave the August-Autumn behind and hope for a September-Summer.
After high temperatures on the weekend Berlin City experienced some massive thunderstorms last night. Today the city is a lot cooler. Sun ist shining, a slight wind is blowing, temperatures are between 24°C – 28°C on day time and around 16°C – 20°C during the night.
During the next couple of days it may get even colder again – temperatures are expected to drop below 20°C during day time on thursday 09. July, but towards the weekend temperatures will rise again well above 25°C. That’s at least what the Berlin weather report is promising.
It’s summer – and it’s Berlinale – again. Today this year’s Summer Berlinale season
Every year the Open-Air Cinema Friedrichshain features a selection of Berlinale movies. Here are this summer’s highlights:
Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9 pm
Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (The Strange Little Cat), director: Ramon Zürcher, Germany 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9 pm
Frances Ha, director: Noah Baumbach, USA 2012
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9 pm
Gloria, director: Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain 2012, Silver Bear for Best Actress
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 9 pm
Viktor und Viktoria, director: Reinhold Schünzel, Germany 1933 (german)
more information on Summer Berlinale here:
Usually all movies at are dubbed in german – except some exception:
Sunday, August 25th, 8:00 pm
Searching for Sugar Man (English with German subtitles)
Tuesday, August 27th, 8:00 pm
Lose your Head (English with German subtitles)
and here’s the english homepage of the Open-Air Cinema Friedrichshain: