With Record Sunshine, Germany’s 2022 Summer Was One Of The Warmest, Driest Since 1881

By Die kalte Sonne

Too warm and too dry, was the 2022 summer according to the German DWD national weather service. The DWD still calculates with the comparative period 1961-1990 and deliver these anomalies to the media headlines.

A temperature of plus of 2.9 degrees compared to the multi-year average. According to preliminary calculations of the DWD, the average temperature in the summer of 2022 was 19.2 degrees Celsius (°C), 2.9 degrees above the value of the internationally valid reference period 1961 to 1990. Compared to the current and warmer comparison period 1991 to 2020, the deviation was +1.6 degrees. This makes the summer of 2022 one of the four warmest in Germany since 1881. The “front-runner” remains 2003 with 19.7 °C.

From a standing start, June already brought the summer into high gear, became a continuous runner in July and remained so in August. Hamburg-Neuwiedenthal reported the highest temperature in Germany on July 20, with 40.1 °C. That day brought the highest temperature in northern Germany. That day set many new records in the North German Plain. In contrast, it was bone-chillingly cool in Gilserberg-Moischeid, 25 km northeast of Marburg, where the summer low of 1.1 °C was recorded on June 2.”

The summer was significantly too dry in many parts of Germany.

This summer, with around 145 liters per square meter (l/m²), almost 40 percent less precipitation fell than the average of the reference period 1961 to 1990 with 239 l/m². In the time series of the DWD since 1881, this summer was the 6th driest. The driest remains the summer of 1911 with only 124 l/m².

Also in comparison to the reference period 1991 to 2020, the deviation in 2022 was minus 40 percent. The Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse reported a historic summer drought. Meanwhile, more than 500 l/m² fell along the Alps. There, the highest daily precipitation of the summer was also recorded at Wertach-Bichel in Allgäu on Aug. 19, at 114.2 l/m².”

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September 2, 2022 at 11:35AM

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