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
This year's summer has been cooler than average but with short, hot: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix periods. File photo

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.

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Denmark to get summer weather on first weekend of autumn

Calendars are now displaying an autumn month but weather is forecast to keep up a summer vibe this weekend.

Denmark to get summer weather on first weekend of autumn

Temperatures are forecast to hover around 20 degrees with plenty of sunshine, according to forecasts from the Danish Met Office (DMI).

“It will be a very nice weekend with sun and also a lot of sun for some periods,” DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen said.

Some scattered showers could occur but these will be few and far between, he said.

“If you are going to find a few showers on Friday it will be on [Baltic Sea island] Bornholm, while the rest of the country could also get the odd shower on Saturday and Sunday. But it’s such a small amount, it’s almost not worth mentioning,” he said.

A low pressure front over the British Isles can be thanked for the holdover summer weather, Larsen said.

Denmark can therefore expect “half-dry easterly and southeasterly wind with around 20 degrees and largely no clouds,” he said.

The situation could continue beyond the weekend, he also said.

Autumnal weather “is not on the schedule for the first week” of September, he said, with mild winds and around 20-degree, dry weather continuing for now.

Night time temperatures are beginning to feel noticeably cooler, however. This weekend will see around 8-10 degrees Celsius at night.