An extremely warm October, 2022, with record potential is how the German Weather Service describes the month from a weather and climate perspective.
October 2022 was extremely warm in Germany. It is still open, as it is a matter of tenths of a degree, whether the previous record from 2001 with a mean temperature of 12.5 ° Celsius will be set or exceeded. Uwe Kirsche, press spokesman for the German Meteorological Service (DWD): ‘We have experienced an October with temperatures more in line with May, which is typical in this country. Again, a glimpse into our climate future.’
From the middle of the month, October sent summery warmth once again, especially to the south of the country. Only sporadic low pressure systems moved in, which also brought heavy precipitation and thunderstorms. Characteristic to the season, the weather chronology also included dense morning fog, but only rarely frosty early temperatures. This is reported by the DWD after initial evaluations of the results of its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.”
The German DWD weather service is still working with two reference periods, although one is no longer valid. However, October was warmer than the respective 30-year average in both comparisons. The difference is 0.4 degrees Celsius, depending on which period is used.
The average temperature in October was 12.5 degrees Celsius (°C), 3.5 degrees above the value of the internationally valid reference period 1961 – 1990. Compared to the current and warmer period 1991 – 2020, the deviation was +3.1 degrees. Completely contrary to the otherwise typical temperature course of October, the month began comparatively cool and the highest values reached especially in the south only at the end of the month. In Müllheim, southwest of Freiburg im Breisgau, the mercury climbed the most nationwide with 28.7°C on the 28th. Wielenbach, west of Lake Starnberg, as well as Munich city experienced exceptional four summer days, i.e. a temperature maximum of ≥ 25°C. In some federal states and at numerous stations, old temperature records were surpassed. The lowest October value was reported by Karlshagen, east of Greifswald, on the 20th with -2.3°C.”
The Economics Minister may well have enjoyed the month. He already orated before the autumn that Germany would get through the gas crisis with a little weather luck. October 2022 is likely to have had an impact on the level of heating costs.