Heat in Frankfurt: first balance sheet – empty stores, emergency vehicles in constant use

  • FROMThomas J. Schmidt


The heatwave on Tuesday made Frankfurt the hottest day of the year so far. The effects were clear.

Frankfurt – the hottest day of the year so far: the city is under the heat of the heat. The maximum value in Frankfurt was measured in the afternoon at 38.4 degrees at Frankfurt Airport. Just before 2 p.m. the temperature was 36 degrees. “It will still be warm on Wednesday,” said Olaf Stock, a meteorologist at the German Weather Service (DWD). “But there may be thunderstorms on Thursday night.” Thursday (July 21) will then be the coldest day of the week with around 25 degrees, so far as forecasts allow stating.

So yesterday was a stress test for city residents. In the countryside, temperatures are not that high. Meanwhile, the Konstablerwache ticket office was closed at 2 p.m. due to an air conditioning failure, and the sellers are also feeling the weather. “We are already seeing it,” says Kaweh Nemati, chairman of the Untere Bergerstrasse interest group and owner of the Escatira clothing store. “Who’s shopping in this weather?” It is also warmer than usual in the store thanks to the large store windows. “We air-conditioned the changing rooms and installed a fan to keep some wind blowing.”

Heat in Frankfurt: zoo animals behave differently – so do people

The animals settled in the zoo: penguins and seals mostly splashed in the water. “The animals are slightly less active than usual, and they feel the heat too,” says zoo spokeswoman Christine Kurrle. “But they’re all fine.” Drought is worse for plants: in order to save water, only very unique plants that have been freshly planted are watered in the zoo. Others have to deal with the situation. “School activities are crowded with ice cream stands,” says Kurrle. There are fewer normal visitors in this heat than usual, but as the school year comes to an end, despite the heat, there are still many class trips.

High temperatures in Hesse: The Red Cross gives tips against the heat

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Meanwhile, summer brings unusually high temperatures to Hesse. (icon image) © Thomas Warnack / dpa
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The heat draws the inhabitants of Hesse to bathing areas and lakes, but also brings with it dangers. (icon image) © Thomas Warnack / dpa
Edersee is dry
High temperatures can harm both living creatures and nature. The Edersee in Hesse is now drying up remarkably. (archival image) © Boris Roessler / dpa
Cycling in Hesse
The German Red Cross gives tips on how to survive the heat in Hesse. (icon image) © Swen Pförtner / dpa
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Children and pets may not be left in parked cars. In a matter of minutes, it is life threatening. (archival image) © Jörg Hüttenhölscher / imago
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Avoid prolonged sun exposure and exercise. (icon image) © Robert Michael / dpa
Increase your daily intake of 1.5 to 2 liters by an extra liter, preferably with water or a spritzer.
Increase your daily intake of 1.5 to 2 liters by an extra liter, preferably with water or a spritzer. (icon image) © Josep Suria / imago
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Keep your living space as cool as possible: ventilate it in the morning or evening, close the curtains during the day, lower the blinds and close the windows and doors – keep them open. (icon image) © Rene Traut / imago
Air conditioning in the car
Air conditioning can be used to create a comfortable temperature while driving. But be careful: don’t set it too cold, otherwise the circuit may become overloaded when the outside temperature is high. (icon image) © sirawit99 / imago
If a heat hazard is suspected: immediately move the injured person to the shade and keep the upper body flat or raised. Offer cold drinks. If the victim is unconscious, place him in a side position and call 911. In particular, cool the head and neck, but do not apply ice directly to the body. (icon image) © Erwin Wodicka / imago

Stay home if you can, preferably in a cool cellar. At least that’s what Jan Keiner, head of Aroma Eismanufaktur, suspects. “When it’s so hot people go to a hot city less often,” he says. Therefore, a dream business for an ice cream parlor is also missing. “This is not our time. Who sits in the ice cream parlor when it’s 40 degrees? “

The heat in Frankfurt: lots of activity in the swimming pools

The pools, on the other hand, are bursting at the seams. “We are very busy,” says the spokeswoman, unable to give the number of visitors. In Hassia in Bad Vilbel there is also a 24-hour working day without interruption to the heat. “We produce three shifts, seven days a week. This also applies to logistics, ”says spokeswoman Sibylle Trautmann. The summer with good weather started in May and since then Hassia has been working in a three-shift system. “Now also on weekends,” says Trautmann. The bottling plants operate around the clock and bottle production is higher on a summer’s day (2.4 million) than on a winter’s day (1.8 million). “The key point in the system is the empty bottles. We ask consumers to return empty bottles quickly ”. Otherwise, they cannot be filled any further. Incidentally, Hassia is currently not reaching the maximum production volume allowed by the authorities.

Drinking a lot is important, especially for the elderly. “Here all hell breaks loose,” complains Andreas Ruhs, director of the fire department and head of the Frankfurt fire department operations. He is also responsible for emergency vehicles. “We used to have 400 missions a day, now there are 600.” This is due not only to the heat, but also. “We can only urge people to pay more attention to themselves, think about their old neighbor, and ask if she’s drinking enough.” Because otherwise there is a risk of cardiovascular collapse, then the ambulance will be used again.

Heat in Frankfurt: Hospitals are under heavy strain – whatever the temperature

“Regardless of the heat, a lot of people are calling us right now, who only want a better taxi to the hospital or are not sick at all, but are already content with taking a fever pill.” Family doctors should be emphasized more, because it relieves the emergency service. Moreover, according to Ruhs, hospitals are also under heavy strain. The result: in an emergency, ambulances have to travel longer until there is a hospital bed for the patient.

At the Höchst clinic, spokeswoman Petra Fleischer says no patient has yet been admitted due to the heat: “This only happens when it has been very warm for a few days and the night is hardly cooling down.” Then heat-related diseases are to be expected.

Deakonie asks residents to fill water bottles and distribute them to the homeless. The organization calls for “heat aid”, similar to cold aid in winter, for the homeless. (Thomas J. Schmidt)

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