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Present and past climate in Denmark

Weather in Denmark is heavily influenced by the country’s close proximity to both sea and continent. This means that weather varies depending on the dominant wind direction and the season.

Compared to other geographic areas at the same latitude, the climate of Denmark is relatively warm. This is due to the warm North Atlantic Drift which originates in the tropical seas off the U.S. east coast. Denmark is for instance located at the same latitude as Hudson Bay in Canada and Siberia in Russia - areas which are almost uninhabitable because of short summers and cold winters.

Climate in Denmark is heavily influenced by the country’s close proximity to sea. Photo Lene Holck.

By John Cappelen and Anne Mette K. Jørgensen (ret.)

For further information contact John Cappelen, jc@dmi.dk

Edited by Niels Hansen, translated by Marianne Brandt, kommunikation@dmi.dk