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Weather service takes stock: Far too much rain in summer

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 – Much too wet, but otherwise about normal: The German Weather Service (DWD) presents its preliminary balance sheet for the summer of 2021 this Monday.

So far, it is becoming apparent that it rained significantly too much from the beginning of June to the end of August. In July alone, around 40 percent more rainfall was recorded than would have been expected in comparison to the average for the comparison years from 1961 to 1990, as stated in the DWD’s monthly balance sheet.

Again and again there were storms with heavy and extreme rain, up to the enormous amounts of precipitation that triggered the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in mid-July – an event of the century, as the DWD reported. The devastating floods killed more than 180 people and caused enormous damage.

In terms of temperature and the duration of sunshine, on the other hand, summer 2021 will probably be in the normal range – even if August is currently drawing to a rather cool end. The cut was saved mainly in June, according to the preliminary DWD balance sheet, the third warmest since records began in 1881. The heat wave at the end of the month has almost been forgotten, the temperatures sometimes rose above 35 degrees. In tropical nights it stayed warmer than 20 degrees in many places. But June was already too wet, after thunderstorms, heavy rain caused local flooding. dpa

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