Europe is experiencing the second warmest winter since records began in 1979. Not only that, some regions of the continent were also much drier than average.
The EU Copernicus service announced on Wednesday that temperatures in Eastern Europe and parts of northeastern Europe were well above average. According to Copernicus, February was the fifth warmest in the world. “Most of Europe had above-average air temperatures, especially northern Norway and Sweden and the Spitsbergen region,” the EU agency said.
In addition, it was drier than average in large parts of Western and Southeastern Europe and in regions of Russia. Temperatures on the Iberian Peninsula were below average.
Germany: Twelfth consecutive winter that was too warm
The German Weather Service (DWD) had already announced that Germany had experienced the twelfth winter in a row that was too warm. The average temperature in the winter of 2022/23 was 2.9 degrees. Accordingly, it was 1.5 degrees more than in the comparison period from 1991 to 2020.
Weather experts are guided by the meteorological winter, which lasts from December 1 to February 28. The researchers also calculate their data in whole months for statistical reasons.
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