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

Thursday’s temperature reached over 25° Celsius, officially classing it as a ‘summer day’ – the earliest of its kind in Denmark since 1964.

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

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.

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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.