Germans are renowned for their stoical attitude. But after the darkest winter in over 40 years, even the hardiest residents are being tested as rain and floods replace the traditional warm summer.
The national weather office has issued extreme weather warnings after 178 percent more rain fell in May than the year before.
A typical low weather pattern is forcing clouds up the Alps, where they cool off and shed heavy rain. But this time it’s lasted for weeks, washing out the southern states of Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg, Lower Saxony and other regions.
Trees have fallen as the soil has weakened, crops have been ruined and basements flooded. A cyclist drowned in Hannover after being swept away.
Switzerland has also been affected, with ships banned from the Rhine in Basel. 100 more litres of rain per square meter have been forecast between Saturday and Sunday.