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Spring back in Denmark, but for how long?

After an extended absence, warmth and sunshine is expected to return to Denmark on Monday but what everyone wants to know is whether it will remain until the national holiday on Thursday.

Spring back in Denmark, but for how long?
Bottom line: Get out and enjoy it today if you can. Photo: Brian Bergmann/Scanpix
First the good news: Monday will bring a return of warm spring-like weather to Denmark. 
 
The bad news: just how warm it gets will vary depending on location and nowhere in the country is the nicer weather expected to stick around long. 
 
“The wind is coming from the south so we can temporarily enjoy the warmth that is south of us. But that will only be in central and southern Jutland,” broadcaster DR’s meteorologist Morten Lynge predicted
 
Temperatures are expected to top 20C in the southern part of the country, while the nation’s coastal regions will be plagued by hard winds that will keep temperatures down to the 13-15C range. 
 
On Zealand, meteorology institute DMI is calling for a high of 18C. 
 
Regardless of where you are in Denmark, you’d be well advised to get out and enjoy what Monday has to offer. By the time Ascension Day rolls around on Thursday, the weather will make for a cool day off.  
 
“Already tonight there will be front bringing rain and the winds will turn so that we get cooler air for the rest of the week. We’ll be back between 10-15 degrees,” DMI spokeswoman Trine Pedersen told Metroxpress. 
 
While the temperatures are expected to drop back down, DMI was only calling for rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, with things clearing off just in time for the national holiday on Thursday. Temperatures however are not expected to top 15C, so those also taking Friday off for a long weekend at the summer house are well advised to remember their jackets. 

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

READ ALSO: IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.

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