Summery spring spoils Germany with sunshine

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DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 28 May, 2009 Updated Thu 28 May 2009 16:59 CEST
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After a bitterly long winter in Germany, the spring season has been “unusually summery,” meteorologists from the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

With approximately 547 hours of sunshine, this year’s spring exceeded the average of 459 hours of light-induced happiness by 19 percent, the DWD said.

The north and east got the most light during this period between March and May, which was also warmer than any other spring on record since 1891.

The month of April was 4.4 degrees Celsius warmer than usual, while the entire three months were 2.1 degrees warmer.

The capital city of Berlin, accustomed to basking in the light of its own hip self-reflection, actually gave the cool kids a valid reason to don their Ray Bans this spring. It was the warmest city across the nation with an average of 13.5 degrees Celsius – compared to an average of 11.1 degrees.

All the sunshine caused a rain deficit, though. With just 180 litres of rain per square metre this spring, Mother Nature left German flora and fauna six litres short on refreshment – though gardeners and asparagus farmers were perhaps the only ones complaining.

The DWD takes data at some 2,100 different weather stations across the nation.

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DDP/The Local 2009/05/28 16:59

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