Temperate climate

The Danish climate is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and is therefore milder than surrounding Scandinavian countries. The weather in Denmark follows four distinct seasons. The spring months, April to May, are the mildest, while the summer months of June, July and August are the hottest. Autumn, in September, October and November, tends to be rainy and more overcast. Winter runs from December to March and is normally cold, with frost and snow.


Denmark is located in the North Temperate Zone and has a mean temperature of 7.7˚C (46˚F) . Statistically, February is the coldest month (mean 0.0˚C/32˚F)  and August the warmest (mean 15.7˚C/ 60˚F).


The prevailing wind is westerly, which means that the west coast of Denmark receives more rainfall than the rest of the country. The annual rain fall in Denmark averages 61 cm (24 in) of precipitation.


Located in the Northern Hemisphere, the days in Denmark are longest in summer and shortest in winter.The summer days are as long as 18 hours where they in the winter the days get close to 7 hours at the shortest. 

Sea temperatures

Denmark is surrounded by 7,000km of coastline and swimming in the sea is a popular pastime. The seawater temperature around Denmark, from June to August, is between 17˚C (63˚F) and 22˚C (72˚F). In August, this can rise to around 25˚C (77˚F).

Further reading

When to come to Denmark

How to get there

Blue flag beaches

Find the latest weather forecasts for Denmark at the Danish Meteorological Institute.