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Germany recorded its warmest year in 2018, a period also marked by a drought lasting months, the country's DWD weather service said Tuesday.
The average temperatures for the year reached 10.5 degree Celsius (50.9 degrees Fahrenheit), a new record high, the DWD said in a statement.
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"It was the warmest year in the 138-year temperature records of the national weather service," the service said.
The number of days when temperatures reached 30 degrees and above also hit a record 20, a day more than in 2003.
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The number of summer days—defined as when temperatures are 25 degrees and above—also reached a record 74, 12 more than in 2003.
"Such a hot summer is linked to heightened pressures and therefore health hazards for sensitive people," the DWD's climate scientist Thomas Deutschlaender warned.
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