The weather in Germany: After the first thunderstorms, another severe storm threatens on Friday. The German Weather Service has issued an advance warning for large parts of Germany. From Friday noon, a “large-scale and severe storm situation” will move in from the west.

Because of the impending storm, all schools in Cologne will close at 11:30 a.m. The district government announced this in the morning.

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The schools in the administrative district of Cologne will be closed early on Friday due to the expected storm. Classes end at 11.30 a.m., said a spokesman for the district government on Friday. This ensures that the students get home safely. The early school closure therefore affects both primary and secondary schools. In addition to the city of Cologne, the affected regions also include the regions around Heinsberg, Aachen, Bonn and Siegburg.