The February 2019, the sunniest since records began in Germany, and the Winter was above average warm.

As the German weather service (DWD) on Wednesday in Offenbach reported, the nationwide average temperature for the months of December, January, and February at 2.8 degrees. This is 2.6 degrees more than the average value of the official reference period of 1961 to 1990.

Also, compared with the average for the reference period of 1981 to 2010, this year’s average value, according to the DWD, which is 1.9 degrees warmer. “Thus the Winter of 2018/19 ended up with among the warmest since the beginning of regular measurements in the year 1881,” the weather researchers.

could not link to the last summer of the century, said DWD meteorologist Gerhard Lux: “Every summer and every Winter for themselves and have nothing to do with each other.”

But one after the winter balance is very noticeable: The almost last February will be in April 2018, the eleventh month in a row, the sunshine duration was well above the long-term average. Extrapolated to the end of the month this month will go down as sun shines the most in February since records began in 1951, in the weather history, Lux. All of this are other facts that did not fit into the picture of climate change. “The dry-warm periods seem to be in their length to increase.”

Very mild air, mostly from the Atlantic ocean, had already in December with values of more than 10 Grand more in the spring because the Christmas spirit. A stark contrast between day and night, it was in February: While motorists are values in the morning after a Minus in the night, your disks free of scratch, were the values during the day, especially in the second half of the month significantly above 15 degrees. “In Kaiserslautern, it is recorded at the 26. (February), summer of 21.3 degrees,” said the DWD. At several measuring new records were set on these days when the daily maximum temperature was registered.

About an average of 200 hours, the sun was shining this Winter, according to the experts. These are about 29 percent more sunshine than usual in the long-term average. On the sun-drenched most of the people from the high Rhine to the Allgäu were fixed more than 280 hours.

According to the historical drought in the summer, the natural relief has brought above-average precipitation: around 210 litres per square metre, the amount of precipitation exceeded the average value of 181 litres per square metre by 17 percent.

And then the masses of Snow were still there, despite the mild winter in Saxony and Bavaria: “in some Places records have been broken, the rich until 1948,” so, the weather researchers. Also the Zugspitze have been reported with 974,8 liters of snow per square meter of a new winter record. Even away from the summit, you have can from time to time to measure over two feet of snow. The DWD balance sheet is based on a first evaluation of the results of around 2000 measuring stations.