Warmest winter day marks arrival of spring

DMI predicts an early spring and the end of an unusually dark winter

Flowering snowdrops and winter aconites aren't the only heralds promising the arrival of spring.

Today was the warmest and sunniest winter day of the year so far with temperatures ranging between five and ten degrees nationwide, according to the national meteorological institute, DMI.

The warmest weather was reported in southern Jutland where local temperatures reached 12 degrees.

"The average temperature in January and February lies around 2.2 degrees. Compared to that, 12degrees is very warm but not unusual," a meteorologist at DMI, Lars Henriksen, told Politiken newspaper.

While it may still be too early to hide away your Fjällraven parka in the closet, DMI's long-term weather forecasts predict that spring may have indeed arrived.

"Our long-term forecasts don't show anything resembling winter weather. It doesn't mean that there won't be night frost anymore, but it looks relatively mild," Henriksen said.

If spring is finally here, it will mark the end of one of the darkest winters ever recorded. January was the darkest month since 1969, giving us only 17.3 total hours of sunlight.





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