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The Black Forest climate through the seasons

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Holidays in the Black Forest are of course possible all year round. In winter, the region in southwest Germany is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts with 67 days of guaranteed snow; in summer, 124 dry days attract nature lovers to breathtaking viewpoints. The climate is sustainably determined by the geographical location between the Vosges mountain ranges in the west and the Rhine Valley in the east and the enormous differences in altitude. In the high altitudes, the temperatures are far below those in the Rhine plain, even in midsummer. In total, the sun shines for 2391 hours a year, perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Enjoy the sun carefree

Spring is particularly attractive. From March to May the chance of rain is low and the sun shines between six and eight hours each day. Even if the temperatures at this time of year are still well below 20 degrees, the UV index is already 3 to 4. Although this is still considered moderate to moderate radiation on the UV scale, which goes up to 11, it can cause skin damage within a short period of time if you have sensitive skin. Adequate sun protection is therefore essential. If you get too much sun, the question arises: What helps against sunburn?? In the pharmacy there are various ointments and gels with anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that effectively combat the symptoms of sunburn. They soothe the skin and relieve pain. They also provide the skin with moisture and thus support the healing process. It is important to regularly treat the affected skin areas generously with ointment.

A clear comparison

While UV radiation in the Black Forest is rather moderate in spring, for example in Ibiza in May twice as high at 6. The radiation is therefore significantly more intense. Even in the summer months of June, July and August, the index in the Black Forest only rises to 5. In any case, the higher the UV index, the more appropriate the protective measures must be. This includes applying sunscreen with an appropriate sun protection factor, covering the skin with clothing, a sun hat and sunglasses. UV radiation is most intense at midday. That's why it's better not to spend lunchtime outdoors, whether in the Black Forest or on Ibiza.

Oceanic climate in the Black Forest

Now the comparison of the Black Forest and Ibiza may sound a bit unusual. But the climatic conditions of the two holiday regions are not that far apart. Because in the Black Forest there is a so-called “ocean climate”. Although this is different from the conditions of the coastal regions, it still shares some similar characteristics. This climate is characterized by mild winters, cool summers and an even distribution of precipitation throughout the year. It rains on average in the Black Forest on 174 days a year and a rainfall of just over 800 millimeters falls. The temperature fluctuations in the ocean climate are smaller and the rainfall distributed throughout the year ensures that the Black Forest remains green all year round. The oceanic climate creates the pleasant conditions that characterize the beauty and diversity of this region. These climatic characteristics make the Black Forest closed one of the most sought-after holiday regions in Germany, which attracts more than eight million guests every year.