‘Tropical nights’ in store for Denmark as hot weather gets hotter

Denmark’s spell of hot weather will continue this weekend with temperatures reaching up to a scorching 32 degrees Celsius.

'Tropical nights' in store for Denmark as hot weather gets hotter
Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

High daytime temperatures will be accompanied by ‘tropical’ nights, national meteorology institute DMI forecasts.

DMI classifies a night as tropical if the temperature remains above 20 degrees Celsius throughout a 24-hour period.

“It will be splendid summer weather this weekend,” DMI meteorologist Frank Nielsen said on Friday morning.

“We’ll start fresh early Friday morning with 12-15 degrees. But the temperature will increase quickly and we will have full sun and 23 to 28 degrees,” he continued.

The coolest temperatures will be found in coastal areas with onshore winds, Nielsen said.

Southwest Jutland can expect the country’s hottest temperatures, reaching up to 30 degrees.


Almost no wind is forecast.

Saturday will see the heat cranked up further still, with 25-30 degrees forecast nationwide and cooler temperatures coming with onshore winds on the west coast. Close to no wind is predicted elsewhere.

The weather on Sunday will be “basically a copy” of Saturday, with 32 degrees forecast as the maximum temperature locally.

An increase in humidity is also expected from Sunday.

DMI has issued a ‘category 2’ weather warning for the coming weekend.

“That is not a warning in the sense that we normally know it when talking about something like storm-strength winds. This should be seen more as a consideration of vulnerable people who might find it hard to cope with the heat and who don’t always remember to drink enough water,” Nielsen explained.

“Up to now, it’s been possible to breathe in the evenings and at night, but on Sunday and Monday we will have tropical nights in some places,” he 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.