2007: The warmest spring ever

German Weather Service presents first results

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After a record fall in 2006 and a record winter in 2006/2007, spring 2007 has now set a new benchmark for temperature. It was the warmest spring since the beginning of regular weather recordings in 1901. And also in the sunshine duration a new record was achieved. This is the result of initial evaluations of the results of around 2, 200 measuring stations by the German Weather Service (DWD).

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"This spring roughly mirrors what could be the norm in about 50 years, " DWD climate expert Gerhard Müller-Westermeier commented on the results against the background of the threat of climate change.

Significantly warmer than the spring of 2000

Especially in April, according to the results of the DWD, high summer temperatures persisted. For example, in Jena on May 25, 2007, 33.0 degrees Celsius (° C) were reached. But the rest of the spring months - March and May - were above normal levels. The mean temperature of all three months was 10.6 ° C, which was 2.9 degrees above average.

According to the meteorologists, the previous leader was the spring of the year 2000 at 10.0 ° C. In 2007, new temperature records were recorded at almost all stations of the DWD. There were particularly high positive deviations in Pirmasens with about four degrees. In Frankfurt am Main, it was around 3.3 degrees with an average of 12.7 ° C and 3.0 degrees too warm in Heidelberg with 13.4 ° C. display

Something too wet

Despite the very dry April, so far in spring 2007, precipitation has also fallen more than normal. At about 192 liters per square meter (l / m²), the values ​​were around three percent higher than the average, according to the DWD. However, regional differences were greater. In Berlin, 224 l / m² were achieved, whereas in Schleswig only 114 l / m².

New records also in the sunshine duration

The duration of sunshine, too, was about 665 hours, well above the long-term mean of 459 hours, according to meteorologists' results. Spring 2007 replaces that of 1953 as the leader.

Bavaria received a particularly large amount of sunshine, but southwestern Germany was well above the climatological norms, for example Bad Bergzabern with 170 percent. In the north, the sun shone a little less. For example, in Münster only 601 hours were measured, in Ueckermünde, however, it was 677 hours.

(DWD, 31.05.2007 - DLO)