Munich/Offenbach (dpa/lby) - According to the German Weather Service in Bavaria, 2022 was the warmest year since measurements began. The average temperature was 10.1 degrees Celsius. "The record-warm year 2022 should be a renewed incentive for all of us to finally move from talking to action on climate protection," said Tobias Fuchs, Director of Climate and Environment at the German Weather Service (DWD). "So far we have not managed to effectively step on the greenhouse gas brakes. Global warming is progressing almost unchecked," he emphasized.
In Heinersreuth-Vollhof near Bayreuth, the lowest annual value in Germany was determined on December 18 at -19.3 C. Within five days, the temperature then climbed by an incredible 30.6 degrees. On December 23, 11.3 degrees were measured at the same station. The result was initially black ice - later flooding, especially in parts of the administrative districts of Upper Franconia and Lower Franconia. Overall, the Free State was the sunniest of all federal states in December.
While nationwide precipitation was lower than the long-term average, Bavaria remained a relatively wet federal state in 2022. On average, 778 liters of precipitation fell per square meter in the Free State, and the Alps even managed 1,500 liters. Nationwide, the amount of precipitation was 670 liters - a minus of 15 percent compared to the reference period from 1961 to 1990. The 2020 hours of sunshine in the Free State meant a value slightly below the national average of 2025.