2021 among Hungary's driest years on record

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Precipitation in Hungary was a little more than 500mm in 2021, almost 20% under the average, making it one of the driest years since data started to be collected in 1901, news agency MTI writes, citing an annual report by the National Meteorological Service (OMSZ).

OMSZ said precipitation in the months of March, June, September and October were around half of the average. Such dry conditions were last seen in Hungary in 2012, it added.

The report also shows the average temperature was 10.8 Celsius for 2021, not far from the average for 1991-2020, but still the coolest year in a decade.

Temperatures in January and February were over 1 degree higher than the average, but temperatures in April and May were more than 2 degrees under the average, making it the coolest spring since 1987. Hot spells were longer than usual in the summer, but the fall was cooler than average. Temperatures in December were 1 degree warmer than the average.

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