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Austria has 2nd warmest winter in almost 250 years
Last Updated: 2014-02-26 10:04 | Xinhua
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The current winter has been the second warmest in Austria in the 247 years since temperatures were recorded, the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) reported Tuesday.

"The temperature Austria-wide was 2.7 degrees over the long-standing average," said ZAMG climatologist Alexander Orlik.

Many Austrians had already expected such news following warm temperatures and very little snowfall in many parts of the country throughout the winter.

Only the 2006/2007 winter was on average warmer, the ZAMG said, with temperatures 3.4 degrees over the long-standing average.

Orlik said he saw a developing trend of milder winters over the last few decades. In addition other irregularities had occurred this winter, such as a very dry North of the country, and wet weather in the South.

In some southern regions such as Carinthia and East Tyrol 400 to 500 percent more snow than average was experienced, while North of a line between Salzburg and Eisenstadt only 38 percent of average snowfall was experienced.

Carinthia in particular felt the negative effects of heavy snowfall this year, having several power outages, traffic problems, and train track closures in January and February.

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