Summer 2019 was Denmark’s ninth-warmest ever

This summer was the ninth warmest in the history of Denmark, the country’s national meteorological agency DMI says.

Summer 2019 was Denmark’s ninth-warmest ever
People sunbathing in Copenhagen in July. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

The temperature in the year’s three summer months averaged 16.8 degrees Celsius. That is still notably cooler than summer 2018, which at an average of 17.7°C equalled the all-time record from 1997.

“What’s most significant is that it was a very warm summer. June and August were quite warm, while July was less warm, especially compared with last year,” DMI climatologist Mikael Scharling said.

DMI’s weather data covers every year since 1874. This year’s summer was 1.6 degrees warmer than the average from 1961-1990 and 0.7 degrees warmer than the 2006-2015 period, which are the two intervals DMI uses as a basis for comparison.

Scharling said that 2019 reflects a recent trend in which summers are getting warmer.

“We are going into a climate change in which it will get warmer and warmer. That will be seen in summers generally being hotter, and this year has followed that pattern exactly,” he said.

A total of 676 hours of sunshine were recorded in May, June and July, a similar amount to 2006-2015 but more than 1961-1990.

Although the temperature was higher on average and the sun shined often during summer 2019, the amount of rain was also higher than normal, at 217 millimetres in total.

“Precipitation was close to normal levels, but we had relatively many thunderstorms this year,” Scharling 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).

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.