Denmark Weather Guide

Denmark’s weather is slightly milder than its Scandinavian counterparts due to the Gulf Stream. Most rain falls on the west coast because of the westerly winds. The coldest month is February with a mean temperature of 0 degrees Celsius and the hottest month is August with an average temperature of just 15 degrees Celsius.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Long, warm summer days are ideal for getting out and about anywhere in Denmark. While swimming in the sea is popular pastime year-round, August water temperatures are the warmest and can reach a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius. Northern Europe’s largest outdoor music event, Roskilde Festival, is held in Roskilde in late June or early July and worth the chaos if you can score a ticket.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn is a rainy and overcast season in Denmark. The Danish say autumn is great for ‘hygge’, which loosely translates to quality time with loved ones. It’s also an ideal time to frequent the country’s myriad Middle Age architectural sites and see the exhibitions touring the many art museums. Explore the world-famous Danish design products in Copenhagen’s shopping precincts.

Winter: December to February

Frost and snow pretty much sum up winter in Denmark. Don’t be mistaken, the subzero temps and dark days might be challenging, but the scenery and festivities will brighten your day. Copenhagen’s Christmas markets are a magical must-see as is Wondercool, a month-long winter cultural festival in February.

Spring: March to May

Spring offers mild yet comfortable temperatures and is a wonderful time to visit Denmark, especially the country’s north where everything is in full bloom and queues and prices are not at their highest. Missed Oktoberfest? Don’t worry, Copenhagen hosts the 3-day Copenhagen Beer Festival with more than 800 different beers to sample in late May.