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‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

October 2022 marks the warmest October month since records began, according to the latest data from the German Weather Service (DWD).

'A glimpse into our climate future': Germany logs warmest October on record
Two people stroll through the park in Cologne during a bout of unseasonally warm weather on October 16th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Roberto Pfeil

With an average of 12.53C, the temperature just barely breaks the October record set in 2001 of 12.5C. In Germany, both temperatures and precipitation have been continuously recorded since 1881.

READ ALSO: Germany to see temperatures around 25C as mild autumn continues

“We have experienced an October with temperatures more like May…It’s a glimpse into our climate future,” said DWD press spokesman Uwe Kirsche. 

With an average temperature of 12.53 degrees, this year’s October is reportedly 3.53 degrees higher than temperatures recorded in the international reference period between 1961 to 1990.

According to the DWD, the four warmest October months in the last 140 years all fall in this millennium (2001, 2006, 2014, and 2022).

“The fact that the extremely warm October months are accumulating is a clear indication of climate change,” said meteorologist Andreas Friedrich.

A sunny flower field on Monday in Wiefelstede, Lower Saxony. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Hauke-Christian Dittrich

However, October 2022 began with comparatively cool temperatures and the highest temperatures were reached only at the end of the month, especially in southern Germany.

The mercury reached its peak on October 28th with a sizzling 28.7 degrees in Müllheim near Freiburg.

The highest October temperature since recording began was also clocked in this town, situated in the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg on October 7th, 2009, at 30.9 degrees.

The lowest October temperature was recorded in Karlshagen, east of Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania, on October 20th at -2.3C.

“Usually, warm October values are measured at the beginning of the month,” Friedrich said. 

READ ALSO: More floods, droughts and heatwaves: How climate change will impact Germany

The fact that such high temperatures were logged later in the month, and with values over 25C, is already very rare, he added.

Is Germany getting sunnier?

This year’s summer was also particularly warm: With an average temperature of 19.2C, it marks one of the four warmest since 1881.

And with almost 820 hours of sunshine, it was also the sunniest summer since 1951, which is when DWD began recording sunshine duration.

More autumnal weather is expected in Germany starting Tuesday, with highs ranging from 14 to 19C.

While temperatures in the first half of November are set to be warmer than average, according to DWD forecasts, they are expected to drop by the end of the month.

Vocabulary

indicator – (das) Indiz

gather/record – erfassen

average temperature – (der) Temperaturdurchschnitt

precipitation – (der) Niederschlag

to become more frequent – sich häufen

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

READ ALSO: ‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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