Storms cause record amounts of damage to crops in Austria

Weekly hailstone, cold weather, and storms in regions of Austria has caused record amount of damages to crops with the total so far amounting to around €250 million this year.

Storms cause record amounts of damage to crops in Austria
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Despite being just half way through the year, the figure for 2015 is already higher than the previous year, which saw a total of €200 million damages from weather.

Much of the costs relate to damaged crops that, after already being hit by late frosts earlier this year, have been pummelled by hailstones and strong winds in recent weeks.

The latest storms hit last weekend when around 12,500 hectares of farmland was damaged by hail with damage to the agriculture thought to amount to around €2.3 million.

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Regions most affected by the latest storms included areas around Styria, Lower Austria, and Carinthia, with corn, pumpkin and vineyard crops among the crops most in danger.

General Secretary of the Chamber of Agriculture, Josef Plank, told Wiener Zeitung that this year was a particularly special year when it came to the weather.

Aside from the late frost, the storms are more energy intensive than “we’ve seen for a long time”, he said. It is starkly different from last year, when crops were badly affected by droughts.

Although the government does provide some compensation to farmers who lost crops due to weather, Plank has warned that some may end up losing their businesses.

Normally the number of operations drops around two percent a year. “It would almost be a miracle if it’s not higher this year,” he said.

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Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

Despite recent sunny weather, people in Austria will have to brace for wintery temperatures in the coming days.

Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

On Friday, people in Austria woke up to a foggy day that quickly turned into an unexpectedly sunny day with mild temperatures. Still, the country’s weather is about to change, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said.

Saturday should still have some periods of sunshine, especially in the eastern half of the country – perfect for those who will take part in the Viennese Wine Hiking Day (Wiener Weinwandertag), as temperatures should stay around 15C to 18C during the day.

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In Vorarlberg and Tyrol, however, it may already start to rain, especially south and along the main ridge of the Alps.

Early temperatures in Austria are expected to be between one and eleven degrees, with lower values in the north and daytime highs of 15C to 21C.

Screenshot from ZAMG

On Sunday, dense clouds will dominate and rain is expected in many places. However, a few sunny spells are quite possible in between, most likely in the north and east of the country.

Mostly weak to moderate winds from south to west. Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees and daytime highs between 13 and 18 degrees.

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On Monday, sun and partly dense clouds will alternate. In the course of the day, there may be rain showers, especially in the mountains, where the clouds are often thicker.

Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees, with daily highs between 13C and 19C.

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Stormy weather from Tuesday

On Tuesday, the unsettled weather will continue. Although there may be sunny spells sometimes, clouds will predominate.

Rain showers are expected in all parts of the country, and it could rain for longer periods in some areas.

Early temperatures are between six and twelve degrees, and daily highs are between eleven and 17 degrees.