Offenbach (dpa / lnw) - Spring 2022 was also too warm and overall too dry in North Rhine-Westphalia. This emerges from the preliminary balance sheet published by the German Weather Service (DWD) for the months of March to May. According to this, NRW was one of the warm federal states in the three months with an average temperature of 9.9 degrees. The average temperature was 1.6 degrees above the international reference period from 1961 to 1990.
Precipitation totaled almost 130 liters per square meter - significantly less than the 205 liters in the comparable period. According to the DWD, the sun shone for more than 670 hours in NRW - that is considerably more than in the period 19961 to 1990 with 441 hours in the spring months.
The spring of 2022 was once again too warm and too dry across Germany, according to Offenbach. The experts pointed out that the comparison of current values and the long-term mean values from 1961 to 1990 enables an assessment of longer-term climate change.
In its balance sheet, the DWD highlights the month of May, in which there were local strong thunderstorms, heavy rain and brief flooding. Paderborn and Lippstadt as well as Lütmarsen, west of Höxter, were hit particularly hard on May 20th. Tornadoes had developed here, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake and causing millions in damage. Many people were injured, some seriously.