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27 degrees: Denmark’s 2018 spring continues to outshine 2017 summer

Current good weather will continue into another week with an astonishing 27 degrees Celsius forecast on Monday.

27 degrees: Denmark’s 2018 spring continues to outshine 2017 summer
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The weather forecast for the beginning of the new week has been described as “as good as it gets”.

“This week will start by being about as good as it gets on such a spring Monday, which will be more like a summer day. It will be dry, we’ll have lots of sun, and temperatures will be up between 22 and 27 degrees,” Anja Bodholdt of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) told Ritzau early on Monday.

DMI defines a “summer day” as a day in which the temperatures exceeds 25°C.

“It may feel slightly less warm on east-facing coasts,” Bodholdt added.

Spring 2018 has already registered a number of weather statistics that surpass last year’s summer.

2017 had the lowest maximum temperature since DMI’s records began in 1874.

As early as April 19th this year, a temperature of 26.7°C was recorded – considerably warmer than any day in the whole of 2017, when a high of 26.6°C was registered on August 15th.

The most sunny day so far in 2018 was May 7th, with 14.6 hours of sunshine – an improvement on 2017’s maximum of 14.5 hours on June 17th.

Weather forecasts for the rest of this week predict the good weather to continue for a while before some cooling off.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with some cloud in the southeast and temperatures from 20-25°C.

“After that things will gradually go downhill,” Bodholdt said to Ritzau.

Some cloud and rain is forecast from Wednesday onwards.

“We will not have entirely rainy days, but it will be quite different to the many lovely days we’ve had of late,” the meteorologist said.

Wednesday’s temperature is forecast as 17-22°C.

“It looks like we will be hit by a low-pressure zone on Thursday and Friday, but it’s a bit difficult at this stage to say where the wet weather will be,” she said.

Thursday and Friday will see relatively cool temperatures of 15-20°C.

“That is still very good for the time of year. The whole of May has actually been very good,” Bodholdt 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).

READ ALSO: IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

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.

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