Warm temperatures, light evenings on way to Denmark

It looks like spring has arrived – next week will see warm weather along with the return of lighter evenings.

Warm temperatures, light evenings on way to Denmark
Photo: Torben Christensen/Scanpix

The end of March and beginning of April are likely to bring fair spring weather to Denmark.

Less rain and higher temperatures than normal can be expected over the coming weeks as stabile high pressure ensures a sunny start to spring, reports the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Clocks go forward to Danish summer time on Saturday night, meaning it will not get dark until nearly 8pm.

But the warmer weather and longer days will not mean constant sunshine, says DMI meteorologist Steen Hermansen.

“The price for the warmer weather is a few more clouds periodically. But this will hardly spoil the overall good feeling,” said Hermansen in a report on DMI’s website.

The meteorologist said that cool air that had been arriving over the country from the west will be replaced by high pressure.

“Gradually a warm front will build up from northern Germany over Poland to the Baltic. That will create a lot of space for the sun in many places with temperatures typically between five and ten degrees celsius (41-50°F),” he said.

Even warmer air will arrive from the west on Sunday, and Hermansen expects extensive high pressure from the North Sea to the continent to establish itself during next week.

“Very mild Atlantic air is flowing towards us. This means a fair amount of cloud or fog during the night and morning. However, daytime will bring a good chance of sun, especially away from coasts with onshore winds. And when the sun takes over, daytime temperatures can climb as high as a comfortable 15°C (59°F),” Hermansen said.




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.