Offenbach/Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The people of Saxony-Anhalt can look back on a warm, sunny and dry spring. With average temperatures of 9 degrees Celsius, it was an average of 0.9 degrees warmer from March to May than in the comparative period from 1961 to 1990, as the German Weather Service (DWD) announced on Monday.
With around 670 hours of sunshine in spring, the sun shone around 200 hours longer than the long-term average, it said. At the same time, it snowed and rained relatively little: overall, the meteorologists counted only 70 liters of precipitation per square meter - that was almost half as much as in the same period.
Nationwide, the DWD recorded the third sunniest spring since measurements began in 1951, with an average of 467 hours of sunshine. It was also clearly too dry for this time of year for the ninth time in a row. According to the DWD, the average temperatures across Germany were 9 degrees Celsius - 1.3 degrees more than the average for the years 1961 to 1990.