Germany Had Dry April as Sunshine Hours Remained Below Average

Germany had a relatively dry and overcast April, with rainfall 21 percent below normal, weather office Deutscher Wetterdienst reported.

The country on average got 39.9 millimeters (1.6 inches) of rain last month, 10.8 millimeters less than normal in the 30 years through 2010, the office wrote in a report on its website. That’s after precipitation was 48 percent below normal in March.

Rainfall in Lower Saxony, Germany’s second-biggest wheat growing region, from the start of March through to April 10 totaled 57 millimeters, 48 percent less than normal for the period, according to satellite data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

“April 2013 was rather dry, but also slightly below the long-term mean in sunshine duration,” Deutscher Wetterdienst wrote.

Average temperatures of 8.1 degrees Celsius (46.6 degrees Fahrenheit) were 0.2 degree below normal, Deutscher Wetterdienst said. That followed Germany’s fourth-coldest March since the start of the 20th century.

The country had an average 141.6 hours of sunshine last month, 26 hours or 16 percent less than usual, according to the report.

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