Denmark set for heatwave on cloudless August weekend

A new round of hot temperatures is expected in Denmark this weekend as a weather front moves across the country from the south.

Denmark set for heatwave on cloudless August weekend
Denmark is set for more beach weather this weekend, like in this image from July. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) forecasts a heat wave and near cloudless skies on both Saturday and Sunday.

“We are going into three days with lots of sun and temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. Perhaps up to 32 degrees on Saturday,” DMI meteorologist Anja Bodholdt said.

South Jutland will see the highest temperatures of all, but the whole of Denmark is expected to swelter under the late summer heat.

Eastern coasts will be the coolest areas, with mild easterly winds taking the edge off the heat.

“There will not be much wind, either,” Bodholdt warned however.

“It will be mild to moderate and come from the east,” she said.

Temperatures will also be warm during the evening and at night.

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

“It’s heat that is further down (south) on the continent that will be moving up over Denmark in the coming days,” Bodholdt said.

Next week will see temperatures remain high but with less predictable weather, the meteorologist said.

Those considering a barbecue should be cautious, with Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen, DEMA) stating the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

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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.