NewsGerman Weather Service: The summer was clearly too wet

German Weather Service: The summer was clearly too wet

A bright blue sky, 30 degrees – there wasn’t much that summer feeling in 2021. In retrospect, the extreme rain in mid-July stands out, which triggered floods with serious consequences.

Offenbach – According to a preliminary assessment by the German Weather Service (DWD), this year’s summer was the rainiest in ten years. The DWD announced this on Monday in Offenbach after the first evaluations of the results of its around 2000 measuring stations.

The extreme rains from Tief “Bernd” in mid-July in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, which triggered the devastating floods with more than 180 deaths, played a major role in this. The bottom line was that the months of June, July and August 2021 were too warm and sunny on average.

In the summer of 2021, an average of around 310 liters per square meter fell nationwide – at 30 percent, almost a third more than the average for the reference period from 1961 to 1990. This ended the three-year period of excessively dry summer.

According to the information, the average temperature was 17.9 degrees, 1.6 degrees more than the value from the internationally valid reference period from 1961 to 1990. Compared to the warmer years 1991 to 2020, the deviation was plus 0.3 Degree.

Dauerregen im Harz


In rainy weather, passers-by walk through the pedestrian zone of Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt.

The weather service recalled the heat wave in mid-June with values over 35 degrees, which was almost forgotten in view of the currently comparatively cool temperatures. With around 615 hours of sunshine, the summer met its target of 614 hours. dpa

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