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Springtime for Germany? Not by Easter, say weathermen

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Easter in Schleswig-Holstein in 2013. Photo: DPA.
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Germans will have to wait a bit longer to have a proper spring fling this year, the weather service said on Wednesday.

Despite experiencing one of the mildest winters on record this year, Germany will have to wait a little bit longer for springtime as temperatures remain chilly this March.

Snow still lies atop mountains and the first half of March was on average 1.5 degrees colder than the historical norm, Gerhard Lux from the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

And meteorologists don't expect the mercury to rise any time soon. Cold polar winds are still cooling down the country and citizens can expect temperatures of no higher than around 10C through Easter.

In fact, in some parts of the country, March has been more wintery than winter itself: Hesse's highest mountain, Wasserkuppe, has rested under a blanket of snow since the start of the month while the entire three-month winter season saw just 44 snow days total, Lux said.

The weather service also warned on Tuesday and Wednesday of frost and slippery ice in most of the country, as shown in the yellow areas of the tweet below.

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