Patience is a virtue, particularly when it comes to the Danish summer.
After May and June were colder than normal, meteorology institute DMI gave Danes the news they had been longing for last week and promised that summer-like temperatures would finally arrive.
As so often happens, the meteorologists have now adjusted their outlook. But this time it is a change for the better. DMI now says that by the end of this week, Denmark will be experiencing a downright heat wave (by Danish standards, anyway).
“A high-pressure system is moving toward Denmark and by Wednesday July 1st, it will feel like a summer day with sunny weather, light winds and local temperatures around 25C,” the prognosticators wrote.
“Come weekend, the warmth will seriously take hold,” DMI added, predicting that temps could reach as high as 32C in some places by Saturday.
That's welcome news for the nation's school children, who are now in their first week of summer holiday and for the 100,000-plus music fans who will spend the latter part of the week at the Roskilde Festival. One can also logically expect that Denmark's beaches will be packed to the gills this week with sun-starved bathers.
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While Monday didn't exactly make Denmark feel like the tropics, it's only going to get better from here on out.
“When we get through Monday […] it will clear up and be a pleasant week in which it just gets warmer and warmer,” DMI's Frank Nielsen told Ritzau.
Perhaps the best news of all is that the warm looks like it might stick around awhile. DMI's 15-day forecast shows scant trace of rain and daytime highs that will hover between 19-25C.