Yes, they're wearing coats. On the beach. In July. Photo: Astrid Dalum/Scanpix
In Denmark, 2015 certainly feels like the year that summer forgot. Minus a few warm days at the outset of July, this summer has hardly been one tailor-made for eating ice cream cones on the beach.
This May was only the second in the last 15 years in which the average monthly temperature temperature was below its historic norm and the following month went down as the tenth coldest June since DMI started keeping records in 1874, with an average temperature of just 12.7C.
Now it looks as if July will follow suit, as DMI has some bad news for all of us who were hoping that better conditions might be just around the corner.
“There will be some good days here and there, but it doesn’t look like things will get much better for the rest of July,” meteorologist Steen Rasmussen told BT.
Temperatures are unlikely to get much above 20C throughout the remainder of the month, he said.
It must be part of the job description for a Danish meteorologist to find bright spots in the country’s otherwise dismal weather, so Rasmussen reminded sun-starved residents that it could be worse. The forecast, you see, only calls for some rain rather than endless downpours.
A quick glance at DMI’s six-day forecast however doesn’t exactly engender enthusiasm though, does it?
So what does one do if this weather doesn’t suit their fancy? Rasmussen had some clear, if not entirely practical, advice.
“Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea area are right now experiencing high temperatures above 30 degrees. So if that is what you want, you should go to France or somewhere around there,” he told BT.
There may – and we emphasize ‘may’ – still be hope.
“We could certainly still manage to have a warm August with sun and higher temperatures,” Rasmussen said.