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Denmark has 'earliest summer day since 1964', warmer than any day last year

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Denmark has 'earliest summer day since 1964', warmer than any day last year
A sailing boat is lifted into the water in Aalborg in good weather on April 19th. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
08:20 CEST+02:00
Thursday’s temperature reached over 25° Celsius, officially classing it as a ‘summer day’ – the earliest of its kind in Denmark since 1964.

It was also the first time since 2007 that temperatures have exceeded the 25 degree mark in April, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) confirmed on Twitter.

A temperature of 25.2°C was recorded at around 2:50pm at Karup in central Jutland, DMI said.

But the mercury rose even higher later in the day, with 26.7°C recorded in the same spot at 5:10 pm.

That is warmer than on any day throughout the whole of summer 2017, when the highest recorded temperature was 26.6 degrees, DMI said.

“We had three weather stations in central and southern Jutland that were over 25 degrees, which is the definition of a summer day,” DMI meteorologist Henning Gisselø said.

Summer temperatures in April are a rare occurrence, Gisselø’s colleague Klaus Larsen told Ritzau earlier on Thursday.

“It last happened in 2007, and usually occurs roughly every 12 years. The last time we reached the [summer temperature] mark earlier than April 19th was in 1964,” Larsen said.

Warm temperatures in Denmark come as a result of a high-pressure area over Germany and Poland.

“That is transporting warm air from the continent up and over Denmark. So compared to a couple of days ago, we already have warmer columns of air,” Larsen said.

“Getting to 25 degrees in Jutland means that the air is not being cooled down on its way to Denmark,” the meteorologist said.

Not everyone in Denmark was reaching for swimming suits and sun cream on Thursday. On the southeastern island of Møn, temperatures were as low as 12 degrees, DMI said.

Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny, although slightly cooler than the peaks recorded on Thursday, the agency added. Next week is forecast to bring rather more down-to-earth temperatures.

READ ALSO: Denmark's 2017 summer had 'least sun for 17 years, most rain in six'

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