Denmark’s 2017 summer had ‘least sun for 17 years, most rain in six’

Summer 2017 in Denmark was a drab and wet affair, according to an analysis by the country’s meteorology institute.

Denmark’s 2017 summer had 'least sun for 17 years, most rain in six'
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix

565 hours of sunshine in total were recorded by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in June, July and August.

The last time the three summer months offered such a low amount of sunshine was in 2000, when 540 hours were recorded, writes DMI on its website.

The lowest number of sunshine hours ever recorded was 396, back in 1987.

In 1947, Denmark bathed in 770 hours of sunshine during the three months.

But this year’s summer was not just grey – it was also wet.

Although more rain was recorded as recently as 2011, DMI writes that “wet summers have been the rule rather than the exception since the turn of the century”.

“We will finish with somewhere around 268 millimetres of rain in June, July and August,” climatologist Mikael Scharling writes on DMI’s website.

“That makes this summer the 11th wettest since measurements began in 1874.”

The average temperature for the summer was 15.4°C (60°F), an unremarkable measure similar to 2015’s average temperature of 15.2°C.

“A summer with few clouds has typically cold nights and warm days. A cloudy summer on the other hand has somewhat humid nights and cool days. Both can result in an average temperature of, for example, 15.4°C, but will feel quite different,” Scharling said. 

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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.