How did Denmark’s summer measure up?

Summer 2015 may have felt worse than most, but it was actually just par for the course.

How did Denmark's summer measure up?
How will you remember this summer? Photo: Thomas Rousing/Flickr
According to seasonal calculations from meteorology institute DMI, this summer was “a little colder, a bit more dry and with average sunshine” compared to recent years.
The average temperature for June through August was 15.2C, which is exactly at the historical average between 1961 and 1990. Compared to more recent years, however, this summer was a bit colder. The average summer temperatures between 2001-2010 was 16.4C. 
The temperature averages were particularly dragged down by a dismal June, which was the tenth coldest of its kind since 1874. 
The highest the mercury reached this summer was 31.9C, measured in Rønne on the island of Bornholm on July 5th. The coldest summer temperature was just 2.1C, measured near Herning on July 17th. 
Summer temperatures. Graphic: Frans Rubek/DMI
Summer temperatures. Graphic: Frans Rubek/DMI
Summer 2015 saw 662 hours of sunshine, far below the 736 from last year when Denmark experienced its sunniest summer in 55 years. There were however 71 more hours of sunshine this summer than the historical average. And no matter how much one may have longed for the sun, it was nothing like the summer of 1987, when the yellow orb appeared for just 396 hours.  
Sunshine hours. Graphic: Frans Rubek/DMI
Sunshine hours. Graphic: Frans Rubek/DMI
Precipitation totals meanwhile were 14 percent over the historical norm, with a total of 214 millimetres of rain. 
Last week, DMI said that Denmark should be in for a largely sunny and dry autumn
“There are likely to be many periods of stable, quite sunny and dry weather in both September and October,” DMI meteorologist Martin Lindberg said on the institute’s website. 
Those predictions were borne out over the first two days of September and next week calls for true Indian Summer conditions, with highs around 20C. 
Denmark uses the meteorological definition of seasons, meaning that autumn officially runs from September 1st through November 30th as opposed to beginning on the autumnal equinox and ending on the winter solstice as in some other countries. 

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