Seasons in Aarhus

Aarhus is the second biggest city of Denmark. It is located on east side of the Jutland peninsula. Climate of the region is considered as temperate oceanic. Dominance of winds from the Atlantic Ocean and the North sea along with higher altitude compering to rest of the country resulting high humidity. Average annual amount of precipitation reach 722 mm (28.4 inches).

Yet in general weather in Aarhus is similar to climate of the rest of country. Except spring comes here bit earlier due to geological features of the region and presence of significant body of inland water i.e. Braband Lake.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Aarhus

Spring comes to the city according to calendar. Daytime average reaches 10 °C (50 °F) at March and 15 °C (59 °F) at May. At night it cools down to 7 °C (44 °F). Light and gusty winds from the sea bring clouds and precipitation. Yet spring weather can make some surprises such as light frost or snow over recent bloom.

May in Aarhus is exceptionally pleasant with sounds of birds, meadows with fresh grass and first flowers. It is better to admire such beauty in good weather so it is better to check forecast while planning voyage to Aarhus. And it will be cool anyway so be sure to pack some jacket or coat and waterproof shoes.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +6 °C (42 °F)
Min average t°: -2 °C (29 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1,2")
Water t°: +2.5 °C (37 °F)
April
Max average t°: +9.5 °C (49 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1,4")
Water t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
May
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 49 mm (1,9")
Water t°: +11.5 °C (53 °F)

Spring Holidays

Variable dates at spring – Easter celebrations.
April 18 – Day of the Battle of Dubbel.
April-May – SPOT music festival.
May 1 – Labor Day.

Summer in Aarhus

Summer in Aarhus is rather rainy with gradual increasing amount of precipitation. Temperature is in most comfortable range where it is neither hot nor cool. Daytime averages are 15-17 °C (59-62 °F) with occasional leaps to 23 °C (73 °F). However nightfall brings rapid cool down to about 13 °C (55 °F). At summer amount of daylight hours reaches its maximum values of up to 17.5 per day.

Variety of weather conditions and natural uncertainty of weather in Aarhus requires light closing for daytime strolls and excursions, some sweaters for evening and necessary anti-rain equipment (i.e. raincoat, umbrella and waterproof shoes).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 54 mm (2,1")
Water t°: +15.5 °C (60 °F)
July
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 61 mm (2,4")
Water t°: +17.5 °C (63 °F)
August
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 66 mm (2,6")
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)

Summer Holidays

June 5 – Constitution day.
June 23 – St. Hans Day.
June 24 – Birth of John the Baptist.
June – NorthSide music festival.
June-July – Sculpture by the Sea.

July – Jazz Festival, Viking Moot, Stella Polaris
August – Denmark's Ugliest Festival (Grimmeste Festival).
August-September – Aarhus Festival.

Autumn in Aarhus

At autumn it gets colder I Aarhus. Due to slow transition of seasons significant changes of weather at autumn occur only at October. Foliage falls to the ground and daytime averages reach marks of 7-12 °C (44-53 °F). At November it becomes even colder with frequent night frosts. In addition autumn in Aarhus is the time of frequent and heavy rain. So umbrella, raincoat and some layering are necessary at autumn too.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +9.5 °C (49 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 43 mm (1,7")
Water t°: +15.5 °C (60 °F)
October
Max average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2,0")
Water t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
November
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +1.5 °C (35 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 37 mm (1,5")
Water t°: +9 °C (48 °F)

Autumn Holidays

September - Food Festival.

November-January – Christmas Festivities.

Winter in Aarhus

Temperature averages of cool winter months are in range of -2 °C (28 °F) to 8 °C (46 °F). Significant humidity in coasts results occasional fogs and snowfall. However wet snow thaws fast in relative warmth of winter in Aarhus. Ant it is almost constant overcast. Weather observations show that there are only third of all winter days are sunny. Strong western winds exacerbate winter weather.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +4.5 °C (40 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (33 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2,0")
Water t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
January
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (24 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1,6")
Water t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
February
Max average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (24 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1,2")
Water t°: +2 °C (36 °F)

Winter Holidays

December 24 – Christmas Eve.
December 25 – Christmas.
January 1 – New Year celebration.
February – Shrovetide.