From March to May it rained an average of 125 liters per square meter – a third less than usual. The spring was too dry for the ninth year in a row, as the German Weather Service explains.

This year, Germany experienced the ninth spring in a row that was too dry. As the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday in Wiesbaden in its preliminary balance sheet, a nationwide average of around 125 liters per square meter fell. That was only about two-thirds of the usual rainfall in the three spring months of March to May.

Average temperature 1.3 degrees above the comparative value

According to this, March in particular was “considerably” too dry in a widespread way, in May this was the case at least regionally. In the interim April, however, there was “abundant” precipitation compared to previous years, according to the weather service. In the end, it was an average of 125 liters per square meter instead of the 186 liters per square meter that fell during the so-called internationally valid reference period from 1961 to 1990. This is used for scientific comparisons.

At nine degrees, the average temperature was also 1.3 degrees above the internationally valid reference period. Compared to the current and warmer comparison period from 1991 to 2020, the deviation was 0.1 degrees, according to the evaluation of around 2000 DWD measuring stations.