Denmark set to swelter in heatwave this week

This week will bring high temperatures and sunshine to Denmark, and meteorologists are forecasting a heatwave as July nears its end.

Denmark set to swelter in heatwave this week
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

National meteorological society DMI defines a heatwave as a period of at least three consecutive days in which the average maximum temperature exceeds 28°C.

Such weather is predicted this week, once a rainy Monday is over with, according to DMI meteorologist Bolette Brødsgaard.

“(Monday) may be the last rainy day this week – at least until the weekend,” Brødsgaard said.

Once the rain has passed, a high-pressure front over southern Europe is likely to pump hot air in Denmark’s direction, the meteorologist explained.

That could mean a sunny day on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius, followed by a scorching 30°C in many places on Wednesday.

“From Thursday until Saturday, this could result in a heatwave whereby it is 30 degrees (Celsius) in large parts of the country,” Brødsgaard said.

The heat will be accompanied by dry weather and very little wind.

“All in all, it will be hot and summery weather,” DMI’s meteorologist said.

Brødsgaard also advised plenty of water as well as liberal use of sun cream, with UV levels measuring at between 5 and 6 on the index used to measure ultraviolet radiation.

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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.