Danish beaches hit ‘swimming temperature’ earliest in a decade

Denmark on Monday registered its earliest official 'swimming day' in a decade with water temperatures at 88 different beaches in the country averaging over 19C.

Danish beaches hit 'swimming temperature' earliest in a decade
A lifeguard surveys swimmers at Blokhus beach in Jutland. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
“The water is record warm, or at least we haven't registered a swimming day so earlier in the last decade, and the water is only going to get hotter over the coming days,” said Peter Tanev, a meteorologist with the TV2 broadcaster. 
Denmark is set to see temperatures of as much as 30C in the south of Jutland on Saturday as the whole of Europe is hit by a heatwave. 
With water temperatures tending to rise by half a degree a day during sunny periods, water temperatures could rise beyond 22C over the weekend. 
“It has been an extremely sunny spring,” Tanev explained. “The sun's rays are the most important factor when it comes to warming up the water.” 
He said that the generally mild winter had also helped push temperatures at the country's bathing stops towards the near record. 
In 2017, the water at Denmark's beaches never averaged above 19C, and in 2018, swimmers had to wait until the end of June. But 2019 was another record year, with the first swimming day registered on June 23rd. 

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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.