Denmark to swelter in summer heat wave from Thursday: DMI

Large swathes of Denmark, including the capital Copenhagen will be basking in tropical temperatures of around 30C on Thursday and Friday as the country enjoys the first heat wave of the summer.

Denmark to swelter in summer heat wave from Thursday: DMI
Sunbathers in Copenhagen enjoy a heatwave at start of August in 2020. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

According to a forecast from the Danish Metereological Institute (DMI), a front of hot air will move over Denmark on Wednesday evening.

“The combination of the warm air and largely cloudless weather will give rise to heatwaves in parts of the southern and eastern areas of the country,” predicted meteorologist Lars Holtmann.

Here you can see the heat coming north from Africa. Source: DMI

According to the broadcaster TV2, if 30C temperatures are recorded on Thursday, it will be the earliest so-called “tropical day” in 14 years. A tropical day is defined as a day when 30C is recorded somewhere in Denmark. 

The broadcaster also predicted that there might be “tropical nights”, defined as a night when the temperature does not fall below 20C.

The hot spell is expected to climax in thunderstorms over the weekend, with cooler weather resuming next week. 

“The collision of the cooler air from the west and the very hot air mass from the east provides favourable conditions for strong thunderstorms to form,” TV2 explained. “Right now, the greatest risk is in Jutland.”

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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.