The shopping is underway
and schedules are quickly filling up with holiday parties. With Christmas now less than three weeks away, many Danes want to know if they’ll be able to spend their holidays building snowmen in the garden or ice skating on Copenhagen’s lakes.
But according to meteorology institute DMI, the treetops will not be glistening as Danes rip into their Christmas presents.
Rather than a White Christmas, Denmark is likely looking at one that will be grey, wet and windy.
Although meteorologist Steen Henriksen told broadcaster DR that it is still too early to give an accurate prediction for Christmas Day and beyond, it’s most likely that warmer temperatures will mean no snow.
“The wind coming from the west will mean that many days will have temperatures a bit higher than normal for this time of the year,” Henriksen said, adding that December is expected to end around 1C higher than the normal December average of 1.6C.
To qualify for a White Christmas by DMI’s standards, 90 percent of the country needs to be covered by at least a half centimetre of snow.
The last White Christmas in Denmark was in 2010. Without the real thing, perhaps the best those of us in Denmark can do is to pour a glass of egg nog and listen to Bing Crosby (note the girl in the Denmark sash over Crosby's right shoulder at the 0:20 mark):