Average Weather in Copenhagen Denmark
In Copenhagen, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 71°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 79°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Copenhagen for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 5 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 71°F and low of 56°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 22 to March 20, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is February 8, with an average low of 29°F and high of 37°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Copenhagen, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Copenhagen begins around April 13 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around October 16. On July 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 16 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around April 13. On December 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Copenhagen varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from June 10 to February 9, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on October 30.
The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from February 9 to June 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on April 30.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 32% on October 30.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Copenhagen experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Copenhagen. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 2.1 inches.
The least rain falls around February 26, with an average total accumulation of 1.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Copenhagen does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Copenhagen varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:24 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 14 minutes later at 8:39 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 3:36 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 21 minutes later at 9:58 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Copenhagen during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Copenhagen, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Copenhagen experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from September 22 to March 29, with average wind speeds of more than 12.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from March 29 to September 22. The calmest day of the year is July 19, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Copenhagen varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 1.9 weeks, from April 25 to May 8, with a peak percentage of 33% on May 7. The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 months, from May 8 to November 7 and for 5.1 months, from November 21 to April 25, with a peak percentage of 52% on July 4. The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 weeks, from November 7 to November 21, with a peak percentage of 35% on November 9.
Copenhagen is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.0 months, from June 19 to September 20, with an average temperature above 58°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 4, with an average temperature of 64°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from December 12 to April 16, with an average temperature below 41°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 21, with an average temperature of 35°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Copenhagen throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Copenhagen for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Copenhagen for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Copenhagen typically lasts for 6.6 months (201 days), from around April 14 to around November 1, rarely starting before March 27 or after May 1, and rarely ending before October 11 or after December 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Copenhagen should appear around May 17, only rarely appearing before May 5 or after May 28.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from May 2 to August 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 25, with an average of 6.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from October 20 to February 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 18, with an average of 0.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Copenhagen are 55.676 deg latitude, 12.566 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Copenhagen contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 167 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 27 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (253 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (896 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Copenhagen is covered by artificial surfaces (92%), within 10 miles by water (45%) and artificial surfaces (40%), and within 50 miles by water (41%) and cropland (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Copenhagen, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Copenhagen.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Copenhagen according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Copenhagen is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Copenhagen and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Copenhagen Airport (64%, 9 kilometers, southeast); Værløse (22%, 17 kilometers, northwest); Roskilde Airport (10%, 29 kilometers, west); and Ljungbyhed (3.4%, 61 kilometers, northeast).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.