Snow on the daffodil: This April was way too cold
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Blowing snow, cold winds, hailstorms: April was really uncomfortable this year.
Even the asparagus harvest was postponed because of the cold.
Now it is official: Last month was the coldest April in Europe since 2003. This was reported by the European climate change service Copernicus on Thursday.
The average temperature was 0.9 degrees lower than the mean between 1991 and 2020. According to the information, however, there were significant differences between different countries on the continent.
France was particularly affected by a cold snap, where there was considerable frost damage to vines and fruit trees.
Coldest April in 40 years
The past month was also particularly cool in Germany, as the German Weather Service (DWD) reported a few days ago.
Accordingly, it was the coldest April in 40 years in this country.
The preliminary assessment of the meteorologists: The average temperature of the month, which is considered capricious, was 6.1 degrees this year and thus 1.3 degrees below the value of the internationally valid reference period 1961 to 1990. Compared to the current and warmer reference period 1991 to 2020 the deviation was even minus 2.9 degrees.
Despite the cold temperatures in Germany, according to the DWD, the climate continues to warm: “Even in times of global warming, a month that is significantly too cool is less common, but always possible.
This April will not change the trend, ”said a press spokesman for the DWD.
In contrast to the European values, April is one of the warmer worldwide, reported the Copernicus service.
Before 2010, no higher average temperature was measured in any month, but since then there have been repeated peaks.
Above-average temperatures this April would have prevailed especially in northeast Canada, northwest Russia and the Middle East.
Compared to the years from 1991 to 2020, the global temperature was 0.2 degrees above the mean.
sug / dpa