Denmark has hottest day in eight years

Wednesday was the hottest day in Denmark this year, but did not break the all-time temperature record.

Denmark has hottest day in eight years
File photo: Johan Gadegaard/Ritzau Scanpix

The 33.6 degrees Celsius recorded at Hammer Odde on the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm was the warmest day of an already-scorching summer 2018 and in any year since 2010, meteorological institute DMI said.

The record temperature was reached at 5:40pm on Wednesday, duty meteorologist Henning Gisselø said.

“It was recorded very late. That is because there were some clouds before the sun came out. Just two hours earlier it was 26.5 degrees,” Gisselø said.

The previous warmest day this year was 33.1°C on July 25th.

Forecasts earlier this week suggested that Wednesday could break the all-time temperature record for Denmark of 36.4 degrees, which dates from 1975.

Although that did not turn out to be the case, several parts of the country sweltered in heat of over 30 degrees, including at Roskilde Airport and Sjælsmark in northern Zealand.

Warm air moved across the entire country on Wednesday, Gisselø said.

“There is a lot of warm air being pushed up from southern Europe. It has been hot all over the country, but turned out to be Bornholm that took first place today with 33.6 degrees,” 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.