Due to its location in the middle of several seas, Denmark's weather is mild and climate temperate year-round, with western winds blowing warm air across most of the country. Additionally, Denmark's day and night temperatures don't fluctuate that much, so if you're planning to travel to this Nordic country, you won't need to pack separate outfits for day and night activities.
Denmark's mean temperature in the coldest month, February, is 0 C or 32 F and in the warmest month of July is 17 C or 63 F, although wing gusts and shifts in wind direction can drastically change the weather any time of year.
Rain in Denmark comes on a regular basis year-round, and there are no true dry periods, although September through November brings the wettest season. The annual rainfall in Denmark averages 61 cm (24 in) of precipitation with Copenhagen having an average of 170 rainy days.
Varying Length of Daylight Hours
Because of Denmark's northern location in Europe, the length of the day with sunlight varies greatly depending on the time of year, which is typical for most of Scandinavia. There are short days during the winter with sunrise coming around 8 a.m. and sunset 3:30 p.m. as well as long summer days with sunrises at 3:30 a.m. and sunsets at 10 p.m.
Additionally, the shortest and longest days of the year are traditionally celebrated in Denmark. The celebration for the shortest day corresponds roughly with Christmas, or "Jul" in Danish, and is also known as the Winter Solstice.
On the other end of the spectrum, the longest day of the year is celebrated in mid-June (around the 21st) with a variety of Summer Solstice festivities including burning witches on bonfires for Saint John's Eve.
Seeing the Northern Lights
Chances are if you're traveling to Scandinavia, you will want to see the unique weather occurrence known as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), but if you're visiting Denmark the season for optimal viewing in much shorter than more northern Scandinavian countries.
Although northern Scandinavia enjoys peak polar nights between September and April, southern countries like Denmark experience slightly more light in the months before and after winter, meaning the best time to view this phenomenon is between mid-October and early March.
No matter where you are, though, the optimal time of night to view the Aurora Borealis is between 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., though many tourists and Scandinavian residents start their nights around 10 p.m. and end them at 4 a.m. because of the unpredictable nature of its occurence.
Weather Elsewhere in Scandinavia
To find out more about the weather during a specific month, visit our article "Scandinavia by Month," which offers weather information, clothing tips, and events for Scandinavia no matter which month you decide to visit.
Useful facts and figures about Denmark and general travel information you should have when visiting Denmark can be found in "Destination Copenhagen" while "Destination Denmark" offers more country-specific information such as local hotel and dining reviews, Danish top attractions, and event recommendations for tourists traveling to this Scandinavian country.