Denmark has a temperate climate, moderated by the warm Gulf Stream. Denmark has four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The spring months of April and May are mild and the summer months of June, July and August are the hottest. Autumn runs from September to November and tends to be rainy and cloudy. The winter months of December to March are normally cold, with frost and snow.
Denmark is in the North Temperate Zone and has an average temperature of 7.7˚C (46˚F). February tends to be the coldest month, with average temperatures of 0.0˚C (32˚F), whereas August tends to be the hottest month with average temperatures of 15.7˚C (60˚F).
Denmark is surrounded by coastline and the Danes love swimming in the ocean. The best time to go swimming in the waters around Denmark is during the summer months of June to August, with average sea temperatures of between 17˚C (63˚F) and 22˚C (72˚F). In August, the average sea temperature can reach 25˚C (77˚F).
Winter bathing is also a growing sub-culture. Brave souls take the plunge in icy waters and then regain their normal body temperature in a nearby sauna!
Other Danish weather facts
Denmark has a prevailing western wind, and the west coast of Denmark receives more rainfall than the rest of the country. Denmark has an average rainfall of 61 cm (24 in) per year.
Because Denmark is located in Northern Europe, the sun stays out for longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.