Denmark sees two weeks’ rain in two days…and there’s more to come

Denmark sees two weeks' rain in two days...and there's more to come
A brave cyclist out and about at Kongens Nytorv in the rain. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
After some places in Denmark saw two weeks' worth of rain in two days over the weekend, you'd think it was time for some sunshine. No such luck, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute, which is predicting a wet and windy July.
“The rest of the month will continue with changeable summer weather: That will mean days with sunshine, sudden showers and rain,” Klaus Larsen, one of the institute's meteorologists, told the Politiken newspaper.
 
“We will be at around 20C-25C, with rain and wind and very changeable weather.” 
 
On Saturday and Sunday it rained continuously across large parts of Denmark, with the wettest places — Kliplev and Rangstrup in southern Jutland — receiving 47.1mm of rain in two days. 
 
That's as much as 70 percent of rainfall that normally falls in the whole of July, according to TV2 meteorologist Anders Brandt. 
 
Denmark as a whole saw 28mm, close to half of the 66mm average for July. 
 
Lars Henriksen, another DMI meteorologist, told the Ritzau newswire that the wind, rain and thunderstorms would continue on Monday and Tuesday, before letting off a little on Wednesday. 
 
 
On Thursday and Friday, there will only be sporadic showers but temperatures will remain at a relatively low 14C-18C 
 
“It's the same trend we see throughout Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and the British Isles,” Henriksen said. 
 
There is no certainty that northern Europe will see any proper summer sunshine this month. 
 
“We have very fluctuating forecasts, but some of them show that there is a high pressure that can give more heat. But that's uncertain,” Henriksen says. 
 
Larsen said that Danes should not be surprised about the poor summer weather. 
 
“There may be shared opinions about the uncertain and changeable weather, but this is ordinary Danish summer weather,” he said. 
 
“If you want to have hear, and  temperatures above 20C-25C, you have to go to France or Italy. If you go to Spain and Portugal, you will encounter temperatures above 30C,” he said. 
 
Vocabulary
 
vejret — the weather 
 
et lavtryk — a low pressure area 
 
et nedbør — a downpour 
 
blæsende — blowy 
 
kuling — gales 
 
 

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