According to the regional climate center, which performs the functions of the German Weather Service, most of Europe has a long dry season — from January 2011. The highest rainfall deficit was observed from February to April. Most countries in this period fell from 40 to 80% of the mean annual sums (calculated for a number of years, 1951-2000 gg.), In Central Europe, even less than 40%. Very dry weather was recorded in the UK in March and April, especially in the southern counties. March was the driest since 1953. In other parts of western and central Europe were dry all three months — February, March and April.
2011-present among the ten driest periods since 1864. Apr-2011 among the ten driest April in Germany since 1881, along with April 2007, 2009 and 2010. In addition, dry was in Europe and past winter, which was the reason for the low soil moisture during March and April.