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Rain or Shine: Your Guide to the Weather in Copenhagen

19 Sep 2019

In 2016, over 1.66 million people travelled to Copenhagen, one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in Europe. 

If you are interested in planning a trip to Copenhagen, you may be wondering what time of the year you should go. 

The city enjoys all four seasons, and you need to pack accordingly. Read our guide to the weather in Copenhagen.

What is the Weather in Copenhagen Like?

There are four distinctly different seasons in Copenhagen. This place has four different climates throughout the year, so you will have to pack differently if you are going in the summer versus the fall. 

Copenhagen is in the middle of several bodies of water, so it has a pretty temperate climate. The temperature doesn't change as much when the sun rises or sets, so you won't have to worry about packing a day and a night outfit. This should make your suitcase feel a little lighter. 

In general, July and August are the warmest months, with an average of 20 degrees Celcius. 

If you want some cooler temperatures, February is normally the coldest month. The average is 2 degrees Celcius. 

These temperatures are just an average. It can be fairly windy in Copenhagen, so it can make it a little bit cooler at times.

You may also want to pack an umbrella or some rain boots because it rains all year round. There isn't really a dry season, but September and November are the wettest months. 

On average, there is an average of 170 rainy days, with an annual rainfall of 24 inches. 

This will give you an overview of what you should consider packing for your trip to Copenhagen, but let's look at the seasons a little bit more in-depth so you know exactly what to expect.  

What It's Like in Spring

If you travel to Copenhagen in the spring, you will still have some cold days. 

On average, the temperatures range from 10 degrees Celcius to 16 degrees Celsius. 

Even though it rains a lot in Copenhagen, spring is one of the driest times to visit. 

If you're going in the spring, you may want to pack some light sweaters and a few jackets. It will be cold at some points during these months, so you want to make sure you have layers you can take off or put on. 

You may still want to pack a light raincoat as well because while these are the driest months, it still will rain occasionally. 

Summer

Summer is obviously going to be the warmest months, but it's not going to be too hot. 

Temperatures will very rarely get above 22 degrees Celcius, but the nights will be a little bit cooler.

During the summer there is more available daylight as well, so you can fit more into your itinerary. 

If you're travelling in the summer, you may want to pack some shorts and T-shirts. However, you should still bring a light sweatshirt or jacket in case it gets a little bit chilly. 

While these months are normally the warmest, these are also some of the rainiest months. You will definitely want to bring an umbrella or rain jacket for those random rain showers. 

When it rains in Copenhagen, it really pours, so you should be prepared for that.  

Fall

Fall won't be as vibrant of a time to visit as summer. Fall is normally cold, windy, and somewhat dreary during the autumn months.

The daylight will also start to decrease, and the temperatures will start to drop too. In the fall, the temperatures range from 13 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius. 

If you're travelling in the fall, you may want to pack a heavy coat. These months are still plagued by rain, so you should bring some thick rainboots as well. 

Pack some heavier sweaters, scarves, and hats to prepare for the colder temperatures. 

Winter

Lastly, winter is also a great time to travel to Denmark. While it is cold, you will be able to experience Christmas and New Year's in a winter wonderland. 

The average temperatures in the winter months are just above the freezing point. There are some days where the temperatures even drop below freezing. The temperatures are also brought down by the constant, chilling winds thanks to the seas. 

When travelling to Copenhagen in the winter months, make sure that you pack the warmest clothes possible. You will want to bring as many layers as possible, including thermals, fleece sweaters, a down jacket, hat, gloves, scarves, and even a windbreaker. 

It is still rainy in these months as well, so you should still bring an umbrella and rain boots. 

Available Daylight

When planning your trip, you will also want to consider how much daylight you will have when you go. 

If you are staying for a long time, you could probably travel in the winter when there isn't as much available sunlight. However, if you're only there for a few days and want to pack in as much as possible, you should probably travel during the summer when the sun is out more.

Denmark is located pretty north in Europe, so that means the length of day will vary significantly depending on the time of the year. 

In the winter, the days are short with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and setting around 3:30 p.m.

In the summer, the days are longer with 3:30 a.m. sunrises and 10 p.m. sunsets. 

Plan for Your Trip to Copenhagen Today!

The weather in Copenhagen can be incredibly relaxing and enjoyable depending on what time of the year you go. 

If you live somewhere warm and are looking for some cold, winter adventures, Copenhagen can also be the place for you.

Regardless of what type of trip you are looking for, Copenhagen is the best place to plan your next trip.

If you have questions or need help planning your trip, feel free to contact us today!

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