Wettest August in 44 years

Grey, overcast skies, and record levels of rainfall in August make July's record-setting summer weather a distant memory

After the sunshine came the rain. A lot of it. After a picture perfect June and July, this month has been a total washout for sun lovers. Danes haven't seen a wetter August since 1963, when a total of 155 millimetres poured down. The fine summer weather has been washed away this month, as 120 millimetres of rain have already saturated the country, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

More rain is forecast in the next few days, and meteorologists believe this August has a good chance to move up in the rankings.

'The average for the month is 67 millimetres, so we've almost doubled that with one week left in the month,' said DMI's John Cappelen.

DMI's Stig Rosenørn confirmed the possibility of passing the 1963 figures. 'There are lots of showers predicted for the coming days and also for the rest of the month. Whether or not we pass 155 millimetres is hard to say, but we'll be up around that figure.'

Those 'showers' would have to be strong and often, though, to break Denmark's all-time record of 167 millimetres from back in 1891. DMI began measuring rainfall in 1874.

The rain has been fairly welcome up to now, however, after a fine, dry June and the sunniest, warmest July on record. Long dry stretches followed by a long wet period is a familiar pattern to meteorologists.

'The warm summer heats up the sea around us, which makes the downpours stronger,' said Rosenørn. 'It's a natural process that after a warm summer, cold air comes in as a result of a low pressure system. This invariably produces rain, thunderstorms and waterspouts.'

Danes' interest in the weather change has also been one for the record books. DMI's website has been visited 2.9 million times this month, compared to only 1.3 million last month.

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