Spring likely delayed in Germany, despite warm February

Spring likely delayed in Germany, despite warm February
Snowdrops herald the 'pre-spring'. Photo: DPA
Don't take off your scarf just yet - Germany might not enjoy springlike weather until April, with a chance of snow in March, say meteorologists.

After a warmer than usual February, average temperatures are to return in Germany in March, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

However, it isn't quite spring weather yet, as the DWD's ten-day forecast up to March 9th anticipates chilly temperatures, lots of wind, rain, as well as sleet and snow in mountainous areas.

The DWD predicts that temperatures in this period will reach a low of around -3C in the night, with a chance of frost.

The highest temperature in the daytime is expected to be 19C by the river Salzach, and the lowest 6C in mountainous areas.

Current Results has collected data from the DWD to calculate the average temperatures for Germany in March. The forecast for March 2017 mostly aligns with these temperatures. 

But a more pessimistic forecast by AccuWeather predicts that warmer spring temperatures will not arrive until April and only truly take hold in May, before which there will be a threat of snow in mid-March.

These less than thrilling predictions come after the DWD announced the late start of “pre-spring” in mid-February.

Pre-spring is defined as the time when the hazelnut and snowdrop blossoms first appear, which can happen as early as December.

The hazel blossom was delayed this year due to colder January temperatures. But the snowdrop, less affected by cold temperatures, was only late by about ten days.