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Germany Had Second-Wettest May in 132 Years With Little Sunshine

Germany had its second-wettest May in at least 132 years, with rainfall that exceeded norms by 79 percent and an unusually overcast sky, weather office Deutscher Wetterdienst reported.

Rainfall averaged 128 millimeters (5 inches) across the country for the month, 57 millimeters more than than usual, the office wrote in an online report. 2007 was the only year for records going back to 1881 when May was wetter, it wrote.

Farmers face flood damage of 405 million euros ($538 million), agriculture organization Deutscher Bauernverband said yesterday, after downpours at the end of May continued into this month. The country’s wheat harvest, the European Union’s second-biggest, fell 7.1 percent in 2007, according to figures from the bloc’s statistics office.

“May 2013 was extremely wet, very poor in sunshine and slightly colder than the climatological mean of the period 1981-2010,” Deutscher Wetterdienst wrote.

Sunshine in May amounted to 135.8 hours, 34 percent below normal values and the fourth-smallest amount since 1951, the weather office wrote. Only 2010, 1984 and 1983 had less sun, according to the report.

The average temperature of 11.8 degrees Celsius (53.2 degrees Fahrenheit) last month was 1.2 degrees below the mean for the 30 years through 2010, the report showed.

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