Feeling cooler? It won’t last long as Danish heat continues into June

Warm summer weather is forecast to continue this week after a slightly cooler Monday.

Feeling cooler? It won’t last long as Danish heat continues into June
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

After a top-scoring May in terms of both sunshine hours and average temperature, the sunshine is set to continue this week.

Temperatures are expected to cool off slightly on Monday before returning to May’s top form.

“It will look cloudy on [Monday] morning, but during the day that will clear up and the sun will come out in most places. Temperatures today will also be a little cooler than we have been used to, and will reach around 18-23 degrees Celsius,” Mette Wagner of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) said.

“Tuesday and Wednesday will be around 20-25 degrees and by the end of the week we will get to 25-30,” Wagner continued.

“Coasts with offshore winds will be a little cooler,” she added.

Last month was the warmest May ever recorded in Denmark with an average temperature of 15°C, a huge jump from the previous record of 13.8°C set way back in 1889.

It was also the sunniest month since records began, with a total of 363 sunshine hours beating the record of 347 hours which had stood since 2008.

The hottest temperature of the year so far, 29.8°C, was measured at Isenvad in Jutland on Saturday, DMI tweeted, ensuring June got off to a similarly sweaty start.

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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.