The last heat wave of the year may come this weekend


The end of the week may offer the last heat wave of the year, when the heat flows in over the southern part of the country.

According to Denmark’s Meteorological Institute (DMI), regional temperatures can rise above 28 degrees, and it is therefore especially in the southern part of the country that they can enjoy the last bit of summer weather.

“Sjælland, Lolland, Falster, Funen and the southern part of Jutland can get above 28 degrees in places from Friday”, says Martin Lindberg, meteorologist on duty at DMI.

A heat wave is defined by the average of the highest temperatures being above 28 degrees for three days in a row. So if you want to go out to enjoy the last of the summer heat, now is the time, says Martin Lindberg.

“Of course, there will be more high pressures later in the late summer and perhaps also in September, but they will probably be shorter and probably not so hot”, says Martin Lindberg.

The summer has otherwise been cooler

The Danish summer this year has been cooler than usual. However, there have been individual periods with short heat waves, says Martin Lindberg.

“It is a bit special that it has fluctuated so much this year. It is remarkable that in a relatively cool summer we almost break heat records, just as we did in July,’ he says.

On July 20, DMI measured 35.9 degrees on Lolland. It has only been surpassed by the record from 10 August 1975, when 36.4 degrees were measured.

Although the summer of 2022 has been colder than usual, it has also been drier than previous years.

“July was a dry month, and we also think that August can be very dry because the rainfall has been so sparse”, says Martin Lindberg.

In July, only 44 millimeters of rain fell. A calculation from the DMI’s weather archive shows that an average of 73 millimeters of precipitation usually falls in the month of July.

“The fire dangers are increasing in general and there will be no precipitation for the next week. Especially in the southern part of the country, fire hazards can increase”, says Martin Lindberg.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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