According to the german weather service (DWD), the first half of april saw far too little precipitation.
"So far, only 1.5 liters per square meter have fallen," a DWD spokesman said on thursday. That was "only three percent of the usual". In contrast, the long-term average for the years 1961 to 1990 was 58.2 liters of precipitation in the form of rain or snow per square meter in april.
However, it is still far too early to talk about the possibility of a drought. After the rainy february it was good for the soil moisture. However, march in germany was already ten percent below its rainfall target on average. April had already been too dry throughout the past decade.
At present, the so-called grassland fire index is already showing level four of five danger levels at many locations in the south and east of germany. It represents the weather-related fire hazard of open, unshaded land with dead wild grass cover without a green understory.