It might be hard to believe when looking out of the window on a mild, rainy July day in Copenhagen. But the broad, flat sands of Denmark's windswept coast might one day find themselves transformed into a northern Costa del Sol, if the predictions of the study, partly funded by the Danish Meteorology Board (DMI), come to fruition.
The project, carried out by Greek researchers, aimed to assess future summer temperatures in a range of European countries.
Results show that Denmark looks set to become a prime destination for fans of sun lotion and shades. Only two other countries – Andorra and Luxembourg – were predicted to see bigger temperature increases than the Scandinavian nation, according to a report in magazine Fagbladet 3F.
The researchers say that global temperatures have increased by an average of two degrees since the end of the nineteenth century – before man-made CO2 emission began to rise.
“Denmark takes third place amongst the countries that will see a positive increase in the tourism-climate index during summer months,” climate forsker Dr. Cathrine Fox Maule told dmi.dk, according to 3F's report.
John Frederiksen, vice chairman with trade union 3F's Private Service, Hotel and Restaurant section, told Fagbladet 3F that the increase in trade would be welcome.
“Although it's not necessarily an encouraging thing overall, it's positive that Denmark will be become a more attractive holiday destination, since it will mean an increase in employment opportunities in the sector. It will be easier for our members to find jobs in hotels and restaurants,” Frederiksen told Fagbladet 3F.
While Denmark will enjoy 'comfortable' summer temperatures, similar increases in southern European countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece mean that conditions there will become too warm for summer breaks, according to the report in Fagbladet 3F.