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Austria experiences its second warmest winter in almost 250 years

VIENNA, Feb. 26 — The current winter is Austria's second warmest in the 247 years since temperatures were recorded, Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) reported Tuesday.

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

Many Austrians 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, ZAMG continued, 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.

This winter also saw occurrence of other irregularities like very dry conditions north of the country and wet weather in the south.

In some southern regions like Carinthia and East Tyrol, 400 percent to 500 percent more snow than average was experienced.

North of a line between Salzburg and Eisenstadt, however, only 38 percent of average snowfall was experienced.

Carinthia in particular felt the negative effects of heavy snowfall this year, experiencing several power outages, traffic problems and train track closures in January and February. (PNA/Xinhua)

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