Thuringia: Third warmest summer since records began in Thuringia

Erfurt/Offenbach (dpa/th) - This year's summer was the third warmest since weather records began in Bavaria.

Thuringia: Third warmest summer since records began in Thuringia

Erfurt/Offenbach (dpa/th) - This year's summer was the third warmest since weather records began in Bavaria. On average, temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius were measured, 3.8 degrees more than the long-term average of the reference period 1961 to 1990, as the German Weather Service (DWD) announced in Offenbach on Tuesday. According to the meteorologists, only the summers of 2003 and 2018 were warmer.

At the same time, the summer of 2022 in Thuringia was extremely dry and low in precipitation. On average, only 100 liters fell per square meter, while the long-term average was 210 liters per square meter. On the other hand, the sun also appeared for a record-breaking duration: it shone over the Free State for 795 hours. Only in the summer of 2003 was there more sunshine with 809 hours. According to the weather service, the normal average is a sunshine duration of 592 hours.

With these values, Thuringia was only slightly cooler than the average in Germany. Here the temperature plus was 2.9 degrees compared to the long-term average. According to preliminary calculations by the DWD, the average temperature was 19.2 degrees Celsius. Compared to the current and warmer reference period from 1991 to 2020, the deviation was plus 1.6 degrees. This makes the summer of 2022 one of the four warmest in Germany since 1881. The summer of 2003 remains the frontrunner with 19.7 degrees Celsius.

According to the information, this summer there was around 145 liters per square meter nationwide, almost 40 percent less precipitation than the average of the reference period 1961 to 1990 with 239 liters per square meter. In the time series of the DWD, which has existed since 1881, the summer was in sixth place. The summer of 1911 was the driest with only 124 liters.

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