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Germany set for scorcher summer

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Germany set for scorcher summer
13:55 CEST+02:00
The start of Spring signals warm weather on the horizon as Germany is set to have a baking hot summer this year, according to meteorologists at German weather service Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD). Temperatures in July will be at least 3 degrees higher than average for northern Germany.

As the clocks go forward to mark the beginning of summertime, this April will be the sunniest start of Spring in German history with approximately 289 hours of sunshine.

"The outlook for all regions of Germany is unusually good and hot weather is a real probability," Head Meteorologist Christina Koppe from the DWD, told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. "The weather will not only be hot but also dry, particularly on the north German coastline."

The Ostsee coast is a popular holiday destination for many Berliners, with the seashore being just a two hour drive away from the capital. And beach bums this summer can enjoy an even hotter holiday, weather experts told Bild.

"Holiday makers won't have to head to the Mediterranean to have a sun drenched holiday this year. They can enjoy the beaches in Germany."

July will see temperatures soar as the yearly average for 2008 leaves last summer in the dust, even though 2007 was the second warmest year since German weather data began. August will also be a warm month with temperatures 2 degrees higher than average.

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