2018 Germany's warmest year on record
2018 has been the warmest year in Germany since measurements began in 1881, the German National Meteorological Service (DWD) said in a press release. The average temperature in 2018 was 10.4°C and thus 2.2°C higher than the average temperature between 1961-1990. The previously warmest year with 10.3°C had been 2014. Eight out of nine hottest years since 1881 have occurred in the 21st century, DWD said. “This remarkable concentration of warm years clearly shows that global warming is unchecked,” DWD vice president Paul Becker said.
With much more than 2,000 hours of sunshine, 2018 was also the sunniest year since measurements started in 1951 and one of the three driest years since 1881.