Denmark could break heat record this week

Wednesday's weather is forecast to be so hot that the all-time record temperature for Denmark could be broken.

Denmark could break heat record this week
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Wednesday could see over 36.4 degrees Celsius, which would be the hottest ever recorded in the Scandinavian country, meteorology agency DMI said.

The current record has stood since 1975.

The week will begin on a cooler note, however, with temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees and coldest in North Jutland.

“To start with there is a front that will move over North Jutland, bringing some showers, before moving east. It will probably remain dry in the rest of the country, but there will be a lot of clouds,” DMI duty meteorologist Bolette Brødsgaard said.

But Tuesday will see hot air ‘pumped’ north from southern Europe as the result of a cold front over the North Sea.

That will give temperatures of 27-28 degrees Celsius and over 30°C locally, Brødsgaard said.

Wednesday will be so hot that the 43-year-old temperature record could be broken, the meteorologist said.

“The latest forecast shows that the record won’t be broken, but it is very close. There is certainly potential, so I would not rule out that happening if everything is just right in relation to sun rays and calm weather,” she said.

“It will be a very warm day in any case, and may also be very humid. So it is a good idea to plan ahead so as not to be stranded outside in the worst of the afternoon heat,” she added.

Wednesday night is forecast to bring cooler weather, with 25 degrees and some showers or thunder predicted on Thursday.

Isolated rain may also persist on Friday.

“There will be some sun here and there, but the weather will be more changeable and will drop down to 20-25 degrees,” Brødsgaard said.

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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.