Hamburg (dpa) - Much too cold, too little rain, but plenty of sunshine - this is how the weather balance for April 2021 in northern Germany can be summarized.
As the German Meteorological Service (DWD) announced on Thursday, April was overall as cold in all of Germany as it has been in 40 years.
According to the provisional balance sheet, the average temperature for the capricious month this year was 6.1 degrees and was thus 1.3 degrees below the value of the internationally valid reference period 1961 to 1990. Compared to the current and warmer reference period 1991 to 2020, the Deviation even at minus 2.9 degrees.
Cool north winds depressed the temperature level in April. In Lower Saxony in particular, unusually low values were measured. According to the DWD, it was even the coldest April there since 1977. Accordingly, the average temperature was 6.2 degrees. The long-term average was 7.5 degrees. Also in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with an average of 5.8 degrees and in Schleswig-Holstein with an average temperature of 6.0 degrees it was clearly too cold this April. The bottom line was that the meteorologists recorded an unusually high number of frost days.
In contrast, the sun was particularly visible in Schleswig-Holstein.
With around 225 hours of sunshine (mean: 164 hours), the northernmost federal state was also the sunniest in Germany this April.
In Lower Saxony the sun shone an average of 175 hours longer than the long-term average.
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the sun showed an average of 200 hours - that is 33 hours more than in the reference period.
In terms of precipitation, April 2021 was similar to its predecessors in previous years and was clearly too dry.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania reported around 25 liters per square meter.
That was only slightly more than half of the precipitation of 42 liters registered in the mean of the reference period 1961 to 1990.
This made the north-east the second driest region in Germany.
In Lower Saxony this April, with an average of 40 liters (mean: 52 liters) and in Schleswig-Holstein with 35 liters (mean: 49 liters) per square meter, things hardly looked better.
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DWD on preliminary April balance sheet