Danish heatwave rolls on: 30 degrees forecast this weekend

Temperatures in Denmark may reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius in coming days, though some rain is also forecast.

Danish heatwave rolls on: 30 degrees forecast this weekend
Svanemøllen Beach in 2017. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Despite the outstanding weather in which Denmark has basked for most of May, the heat is predicted to be turned up even more, at least for the next few days.

Over 25 degrees and as much as 30 degrees Celsius in some areas is forecast by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“A heatwave is characterised by more than three days in a row with temperatures over 25 degrees. We have already had one or two in May, and now it looks like we will have one in the next few days,” DMI’s Klaus Larsen told Politiken.

Water temperatures on the coast are expected to approach 20 degrees, making the weather suitable for bathing and the beach this weekend, according to the report.

But some rain is expected to put a slight dampener on the end of the month, which has otherwise been mostly dry.

“This warm and dry weather will continue at least for the rest of the week. After that, it will likely be more humid with localised showers. But the warm weather will continue,” Larsen said.

The good forecast for the rest of the month – as well as for the beginning of June – means that May 2018 is on course to be Denmark’s warmest month of May since DMI’s records began in 1874, Politiken reports.

The standing record average May temperature of 13.8°C, from 1889, is so-far being matched by the current month.

“May is already up there with regard to temperatures, and with the forecasts we have now it is almost certain we will beat the record,” Larsen 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.