Denmark amongst countries with highest temperature increase

Over the last 20-30 years, Denmark has seen its temperature increase almost twice as much as the global measure.

Denmark amongst countries with highest temperature increase
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Broadcaster TV2 reported the climate trend after studying figures from two UK-based climate research institutes: the Climatic Research Unit and the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research.

The Danish media reports that Denmark has seen a temperature increase of 1.02 degrees Celsius over the last 30 years, compared to a 0.43°C global increase.

The difference is even more extreme over a 20-year period.

Since 1999, Denmark has seen a 1.2°C-temperature increase, with the global equivalent at 0.52°C.

Last year was the second-warmest year on record in the country, bettered only by 2010. Meanwhile, 13 of the country’s 20 hottest years have occurred since 2000.

Norway, Sweden and Canada have, like Denmark, also experienced temperature increases double the size of the global value.

Sweden and Norway have seen temperature increases of 1.7°C and 1.3°C respectively since 1860. In Canada, a 1.7°C increase in temperature has occurred since 1948, TV2 writes, citing a Canadian government report.

On Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, the temperature has increased by 5.6°C in the last 50 years.

“That the temperature in Denmark has increased by 1.2 degrees in just the last 20 years is concerning. It makes you fear that climate change is only just beginning to really be felt. So what will happen over the next 20 years?”, TV2 meteorologist Peter Tanev said to the broadcaster.

“We speak a lot about climate change being something our children and grandchildren will grow up with, but this data shows that climate change is here and now,” Tanev added.

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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.