Finally! Denmark promised high temps and sunshine

Just in time for Thursday's holiday, forecasters are calling for highs to reach 20C by the weekend.

Finally! Denmark promised high temps and sunshine

After a long long winter and the wettest and least sunny April in nearly a decade, Danes could be forgiven for looking in confusion upon the strange yellow orb glowing in the sky on Monday.

But yes that is indeed the sun and best of all it will stick around for a while. Well, mostly anyway. 

According to the Danish Meteorology Institute (DMI), a sunny Monday will be replaced by clouds and some rain on Tuesday but fear not, clear skies are due right back on Wednesday. 

Daytime highs should hit 15C on Wednesday before rising steadily until peaking at 20C on Saturday. 

That's some long-awaited good news that also arrives at an opportune time. On Thursday's public holiday of Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag), temperatures should range between 13-18C with light winds. It will be more of the same on Friday, a day that many will take off in order to create a four-day weekend. 

DMI's six-day forecast issued on Monday.

DMI said that Saturday will likely provide the warmest temperatures of 2016 thus far, with highs of 20C predicted. Heading into Sunday, the forecasters called for “unchanged or maybe slightly warmer temperatures”. 

The expected warm patch will no doubt be embraced by Danish residents who are ready for summer after an unpredictable and sometimes even snowy spring.

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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).

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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.