Summer to finally return to Denmark, but for how long?

Denmark residents haven't enjoyed a true summer day since June 25th but the long wait may finally be over.

Summer to finally return to Denmark, but for how long?
Wednesday looks like the best bet for that long-awaited beach trip. Photo: Mikkel Bigandt/Iris
The calendar might say mid-July but it’s hardly felt like summer in Denmark. The last time temps topped 25C, the threshold for the ‘summer day’ designation, was all the way back on June 25th according to TV2 Vejret’s records
But summer is set to make its long-awaited return later this week according to forecasters. The Danish Meteorology Institute (DMI) said that a high-pressure system is on its way to Denmark, finally giving residents a reason to put on their swimsuits again. 
DMI's forecast for this week. Image: Danish Meteorology Institute
DMI's forecast for this week. Image: Danish Meteorology Institute
“It will be significantly warmer this week with a high-pressure system from the southwest and lovely sunny weather [coming up] from the Alps,” DMI meteorologist Mognes Rønnebek told news agency Ritzau. 
“Wednesday will be a particularly nice day with temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees. Some places could even reach 27 degrees. Additionally, there will be a lot of sunshine and only a light wind,” he continued. 
TV2’s forecast goes even further, saying that northern Jutland could see a high of 29C on Wednesday while Zealand highs could reach 28C. 
As is so often the case with Danish summer weather, however, the return of the warmth could be limited. DMI says that Thursday and Friday might struggle to hit the magic 25C ‘summer day’ mark, but TV2 calls for highs of up to 27C on both days. 
Both sources say that although most of the week will be sunny, there will also likely be significant downpours in parts of the country. 

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.