How hot will it be in Denmark this week?

The Danish Meteorological Institute has forecast temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius this week as many in the country enjoy annual leave.

How hot will it be in Denmark this week?
Denmark could see 30 degree temperatures this week while many take annual leave from work. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Sunny, dry and hot weather has been forecast by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) for much of this week, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in some areas.

“The overall picture is that we will have a week with sun at the start of the week and mostly dry weather,” DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen told broadcaster DMI.

Hot weather in Denmark is related to the high pressure front currently causing extreme temperatures in southern Europe as well as the UK, which could see all-time record highs for hot weather set on Monday. France, Spain and Portugal have seen severe wildfires.

The front has “drawn this very hot African air which has been over Spain and Portugal and has been drawn further upwards and is over England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium today,” Larsen said.

“It will then move on and visit Denmark in the middle of this week before it will be pushed onwards and replaced by cold air moving down from the north,” he said.

Many Danish residents will be hoping for good weather this week with many in the country currently using annual leave for their summer holidays. The Danish holiday and vacation system means that summer breaks for people working in many sectors tend to coincide.

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Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will all be hotter than usual across the country, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Wednesday is likely to be the hottest of the three days.

Thursday will see the hot weather begin to turn and overcast skies and rainy spells could occur.

“When the cold air meets the hot air, which can contain a lot of moisture without you really noticing, some quite strong weather phenomena can be elicited in which we can get quite strong rain showers and thunder,” Larsen said.

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Denmark could get ‘last heatwave of the summer’ this weekend

Meteorologists in Denmark have forecasted hot weather in coming days, which they predict will be the last heatwave of the summer.

Denmark could get 'last heatwave of the summer' this weekend

A regional heatwave in the southern part of the country is forecast by the Danish Meteorlogical Institute (DMI).

Regional temperatures could hit 28 degrees, particularly in the south of the country. The hot weather is expected to be the last of the summer.

“Zealand, Lolland Falster and the south of Jutland could get to over 28 degrees (Celsius) in some locations from Friday,” Martin Lindberg, DMI meteorologist, told news wire Ritzau.

A heatwave is defined as a period with average temperatures above 28 degrees on three consecutive days.

“There will of course be high pressure fronts later in the summer and maybe also in September, but they will be shorter and probably not as warm,” Lindberg said.

This year’s summer has been cooler than the average for recent years, albeit with short, hot periods, the meteorologist said.

“It’s a bit odd that it has swung so much this year. It’s remarkable that we, during a relatively cool summer, almost broke heat records like we did in July,” he said.

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A temperature of 35.9 degrees was recorded by DMI on Lolland on July 20th, an all-time record for the month of July. The previous record was from 1975.

Although this year’s summer has been cooler than usual, it has also been dry.

“July was a dry month and we also think August could be very dry,” Lindberg said.

Last month saw a total of 44 millimetres of precipitation. DMI records show the average for the month of July to be 73 millimetres.