Sunshine and heat to bring Denmark’s June to dry end

Warm and dry summer weather we see out the end of June, to the delight of festivalgoers and the despair of farmers.

Sunshine and heat to bring Denmark’s June to dry end
Danish fields being watered earlier this month. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Forecasts suggest a dry end to the month, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)

“It will be very summery week, and Danes can look forward to a lot of sun and heat,” DMI meteorologist Thor Hartz said.

An almost cloud-free week is expected with the exception of a cloudy belt over parts of the country on Monday.

“But that will clear up quickly, and most places will have a lot of sun on Monday, and the temperature will be between 20 and 25 degrees (Celsius),” Hartz said.

Strong westerly winds will cause temperatures to feel a lot cooler on the west coast, however, with around 15 degrees expected.

That wind is expected to dissipate by Tuesday, when a high pressure front from the British isles will move towards Denmark, resulting in warmer temperatures.

“If you are outside and maybe going to a festival, you will need sunscreen and maybe a place in the shade,” said Hartz, who predicted between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

On that day, the Tinderbox festival near Odense opens, with around 40,000 guests expected.

“I can certainly promise that (the festival) won’t be a mud bath this year,” said Hartz, who predicted that no rain at all will fall during the next week.

“It doesn’t look like there will be any precipitation at all, and that is bad news for farmers, who are short of water for their crops,” he 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.