Helene Fischer: weather chaos ahead of the concert in Munich

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The Munich fire brigade was on duty at the Helene Fischer concert at the Riem Exhibition Center. (Collage) © Operational photo of the Munich Fire Service

Helene Fischer played a mega concert in Riem on Saturday night. First it was drizzling in Munich, then cats and dogs were pouring. A fire brigade was needed.

Update August 21 12:15: The weather shortly before Helene Fischer’s gigantic show at Messe Riem caused some problems. As confirmed by the Munich fire department in an official press release, viewers had to be directed to the nearby exhibition halls beforehand during a storm with heavy rain. Rescue services also pumped out light flooding at the concert site.

Helene Fischer concert in Munich: the sun comes out

Update August 20, 19:50: The concert of Helene Fischer at the Munich exhibition center will start in a few minutes. And the sun rises again. Reporter tz Armin Rösl even sends a photo as evidence. Even though most of them still look a little shattered – at least that much with the showers. However, you shouldn’t come to the concert wearing light shoes. The gravel floor turned into one sea of ​​puddles.

The concert of Helene Fischer is about to begin.  Before that, the sun rises again.
The concert of Helene Fischer is about to begin. Before that, the sun rises again. © Armin Roesl

Evacuation of fans in the exhibition halls – storms over Munich

Update August 20 18:48: There was probably more than initially assumed. The many Helene fans who were already there got wet. However, the organizer decided to protect them loudly picture evacuate them to nearby exhibition halls. “Between 30,000 and 40,000 fans have already been brought into the halls, sitting on the radiators here to warm up. Many viewers are frustrated because some of them have traveled far, ”he writes picture-Reporter.

It was around 5:30 pm. An hour later everything is clear. The rain stopped and the fans were allowed to return to the pitch. The concert can take place as planned. It is a good thing that many ticket holders have already acquired the appropriate rain gear. There are always comments on the Internet, such as: “First I will buy galoshes” or “Who else is coming out today and would prefer to buy galoshes?”

The storm lingers over Munich – but the concert should take place

Update August 20 15:50: Is something going towards the concerters in Riem? DWD has now defined its warning. There they now speak of the Munich area: “Local storms are coming from the northwest. There are heavy rains with rainfall of up to 25 l / m² per hour, as well as wind gusts of up to 60 km / h (17m / s, 33kn, Bft 7) and fine-grained hail ”. valid from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. With a bit of luck, the scarecrow will pass when the main attraction of the concert starts.

Is Helene Fischer's concert in Munich threatening to collapse?
Is Helene Fischer’s concert in Munich threatening to collapse? © IMAGO / Daniel Scharinger / DWD screenshot

Update August 20, 15:00: He still drags over the state capital and thus over the countless Helene Fischer fans who have come especially for the big Saturday night concert. 130,000 fans are expected at the fair. There is still a fear that the concert may not be held due to the storms announced for the evening. The organizer emphasizes tz.de for no reason. From the current standpoint, there is no need to panic, a spokesman for the Leutgeb Entertainment Group said.

Helene Fischer in Munich: DWD predicts storms and rain

If something changes, visitors will be informed immediately. Currently, there is no storm warning in Munich, but heavy rains should not stop at the southeastern tip of the Alps, as it is in the west of Upper Bavaria. Storms could occur in the state capital itself in the afternoon, according to DWD, and various weather services said it would rain again in the evening. So not the best conditions. Nevertheless: The introduction has already started, the first fans are already wandering around the concert venue – well wrapped in rain ponchos and rain jackets.

Prepared for any eventuality: Helene Fischer's fans are unlikely to make ends meet on Saturday.
Prepared for any eventuality: Helene Fischer’s fans are unlikely to make ends meet on Saturday. © IMAGO / Daniel Scharinger

Update August 20 8:45: 130,000 fans are looking forward to their evening with Helene Fischer and wonder if the current weather will allow them to show up at all. The weather map around Munich does not look relaxed at the moment. The German Weather Service issued the highest warning level for much of Upper Bavaria on Saturday morning. Expect heavy rainfall from Ebersberg east of Munich to the edge of the Alps.

Helene Fischer’s concert in Munich: will the weather hold out?

But there is also good news: Weather warnings are time-limited and expire – from Saturday morning – until afternoon at the latest. In addition, the potential for heavy rainfall is likely to shift to the edge of the Alps and away from the state capital. So it is unlikely that the concert will completely drown in the evening.

Bad news: When the continuous rain stops, the possibility of thunderstorms again increases significantly in the evening. According to the German weather report, rains and storms from the west will once again move over Bavaria in the afternoon and evening. It remains to be seen how exactly they will rush over Munich. You can read live every weather development for Munich-Riem throughout the day. Until then, concert-goers should dress warmly. Because the temperature will continue to drop in the evening.

Update August 19 15:29: Wet and happy hits: it’s expected to rain at the Munich exhibition center on Saturday on the day of the great open-air concert by Helene Fischer. The organizers rejected reports that the appearance of the star might be canceled due to bad weather. There is no rejection in the room. “From the current perspective, there’s no need to panic,” Leutgeb Entertainment Group said Friday.

Helene Fischer in Munich: organizer forecasts the weather

The concert organizer relied on a team of meteorologists and experts – they assessed the weather situation on an ongoing basis. “We can expect somewhat unstable April weather with possible rainfall, sometimes even sunshine, but no storms,” ​​a spokesman quoted.

Update August 19 12:33: Weather capers are disrupting Helene Fischer’s concert scheduled for Saturday. Even rehearsals for the concert suffered on Thursday. “We had to cancel, here’s the ground under the water,” confirmed organizer Klaus Leutgeb picture. If the rain becomes too intense on Saturday, it is also possible to evacuate the area.

Update August 19 9:21: The portal provides for a whole hour of sunshine Online weather valid for tomorrow, Saturday, which is expected to be extremely rainy with isolated thunderstorms. Therefore, Helene Fischer fans must be prepared for an extremely uncomfortable visit to Munich. The German Weather Service (DWD) warns of “continuous heavy rain” until Saturday morning (8 am). Bitter for party guests: Umbrellas are not allowed at the concert venue (see original message).

Weather for Helene Fischer’s concert in Munich: the weather service has already warned you

Original message:

Munich – This will be the biggest concert a solo artist has ever played in Germany. When Schlager’s star Helene Fischer takes the stage in Munich-Riem on Saturday night, more than 130,000 fans will cheer at the exhibition center. A megaconcert will be a great celebration, which will be held in parallel with the European Championship in the capital of the state. The big question around this is: Does the weather, which has been set to mid-summer for weeks, take a rain break for a hit show? In any case, concert-goers should watch the weather carefully.

Once again, the heatwave has brought high temperatures to Munich in recent days. Throughout the summer, hardly any rain fell from the sky, which led to a huge drought problem in Munich and the region. Now, on the big concert weekend, that will suddenly change. The German weather service warns in advance of severe storms and continuous rain. It should start on Friday, August 19, early in the morning. It should dry up only late Saturday evening.

The German weather service announces severe storms and continuous rains in advance for Munich and the region.
The German weather service announces severe storms and continuous rains in advance for Munich and the region. © Screenshot: German weather service

“In some areas, much higher volumes are to be expected, around 80, locally around 100 liters per square meter,” DWD said in its report. The weather portal wetteronline is already alerting you. The worst should fall from the sky on Friday, but it is also expected to rain on Saturday, the portal forecasts 5-10 liters per square meter for the evening. In the afternoon the risk of storms will increase. So it should be clear: Anyone who is supporting Helene Fischer on Saturday night should have the right clothes ready, because be careful: Despite the announcement of the storm, umbrellas are not allowed on the concert site.

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