Denmark’s heatwave to come to thunderous conclusion

Blistering summer weather in August is set to come to an end with thunderstorms across the country from Tuesday.

Denmark’s heatwave to come to thunderous conclusion
People sunbathing in Copenhagen on August 6th. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Monday is likely to be the last day with sunshine and high temperatures, meteorology agency DMI said on Monday.

“If you like barbecuing and sunbathing in the garden, do it today,” Dan Nilsvall, a meteorologist with the agency, said.

Conditions of 25-30 degrees Celsius, sunshine and little to no breeze on Monday are set to check out with cloud cover in the west from the evening, after which the weather will take a less stable and cooler form.

Tuesday will see rain and thunder outbreaks across the country, although the hot weather will hold out a little longer in the east.

“There may well be some heavy showers. But the rain will be unevenly distributed and some places will get a lot more than others,” Nilsvall said.

Wednesday will see the temperature drop to 20-25 degrees during the day and 12-18 degrees at night.

Rain is expected every day until Friday in most parts of the country. The weekend will see a further drop, possibly under 20 degrees, as well as increasing wind.

Meteorologist Nilsvall said he did not consider the summer weather gone for this year despite the expected change.

“This is certainly the end of a long and good period. But it’s not the end of summer yet,” he said.

“We still have 14 days left in August. And September also usually has some days with very fine weather, so we shouldn’t say goodbye to the sun yet,” 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).

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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.