This one’s coming in like a lamb

The longer and colder than average winter is finally over

While spring may have sprung, the infamous proverb describing March as coming ’in like a lion and out like a lamb’, will not be applicable this year, reports DMI.

"Friday will be a really nice sunny day with sun throughout the country from morning to evening," Michael Skelbaek, a meteorologist at DMI, told Berlingske newspaper. "Unfortunately, there is very little wind over the eastern part of the country, so it might feel a bit cold."

Eastern Denmark will top out at about five degrees today, while the western part can look forward to warmer temperatures around seven degrees.

But don’t expect frost-free evenings just yet. According to DMI, temperatures will still creep below freezing in the late-night hours over the weekend.

And if this winter seemed longer and colder than normal, it was. According to DMI, the average temperature during the past season was 0 degrees, well below the average of 1.9 degrees between 2000 and 2010.

However, this winter was only slightly colder than the average 0.5 degree temperatures recorded between 1961 and 1990.

Rainfall and sunlight numbers were much closer to the norm, however. Denmark received 157mm of rain this winter, just below the usual 161mm, and a total of 146 hours of winter sunshine, near the average of 155 hours.

Jutland residents received the most vitamin D with 195 sunlight hours, well above Hammerodde, Bornholm, which marked the national low with only 68 hours.

While March 1 marks the end of a longer-than-average winter, most internationals are still accustomed to spring officially starting on March 21. In Denmark, however, the seasons officially begin on the first days of March, June, September and December – every three months.

But in spite of seasonal technicalities, Danes and internationals alike can agree on one thing: the winter state of mind is over.