Denmark posts hottest July day since 1940s but all-time record holds

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Denmark posts hottest July day since 1940s but all-time record holds
Kangaroos take cover in the shade at Copenhagen Zoo on July 20th. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

A new record temperature for the month of July was recorded in Denmark on Wednesday afternoon.


Heat measuring 35.6 degrees Celsius was measured at Borris in West Jutland at around 3pm, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) confirmed on social media.

The previous July record, 35.3 degrees at Erslev on the island of Mors as well as at Studsgård near Herning, has stood since 1941.

The warmest July overall in Denmark was recorded in 2006, when the average temperature was 19.8 degrees.


Meteorologists earlier said there were “clear possibilities” the country would set an all-time record temperature on Wednesday, but that is yet to happen at the time of writing.

The current highest temperature in Denmark was set in August 47 years ago, when 36.4 degrees Celsius were measured in the town of Holstebro in South Jutland in 1975.

Should a new record be set later on Wednesday, it will likely occur close to the location of the existing one, with a section of South and West Jutland receiving the hottest air as warm weather pushes north from Germany.

Temperatures were expected to top at around 3pm. Records were therefore most likely to be broken around this time.

However, DR’s meteorologist and weather presenter Søren Jacobsen told the broadcaster’s live blog that “yesterday’s maximum temperatures fell between 4pm and 5pm. It’s likely that will also happen today”.

Wednesday’s weather is generally hot and dry across Denmark.


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