At the beginning of spring this Monday it will be mild in Germany, but not everywhere sunny. According to the forecast of the German Weather Service (DWD), it will be cloudy to overcast in the north and northwest – especially from the afternoon it can rain lightly. Some rain could initially also be in the Alps and in the foothills of the Alps, it was said by the meteorologists from Offenbach. It will be sunniest in the southwest of Germany – there at 13 to 16 degrees. Otherwise, the DWD expects temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees, at the sea slightly below.

In the new week, Germany expects spring-like temperatures, Markus Übel of the DWD weather forecast center had predicted on Sunday. "But mild does not necessarily mean friendly and dry. Weather fronts with rain repeatedly pass over us, during the day mostly the northern and northwest halves are affected, at night it also rains at times in the east and south," explained Übel.

In Germany and throughout the northern hemisphere, astronomical – or calendar – spring begins this year in the late evening of 20 March. Shortly before 22:30 CET this Monday, the sun is for a moment exactly perpendicular to the equator and moves northwards from now on.

Meteorologically, spring had already begun on March 1. For statistical reasons, meteorologists calculate their data in whole months.