Cold, wet and windy Easter for Denmark

Easter egg hunts will probably be better off kept indoors this year.

Cold, wet and windy Easter for Denmark
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Low pressure over the whole country means the Easter holidays will see winter-like cold temperatures and rain.

Temperatures will not reach far over ten degrees Celsius (50°F), according to weather forecasts.

“Easter will be characterised by rain, showers and wind. The sun will peek through occasionally. The first low pressure front will pass on Wednesday and the second on Saturday,” Trine Pedersen, duty meteorologist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), told newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

A Polar front reaching over Denmark is the cause of the dreary weather, says DMI.

“When the Polar front is south of Denmark and we are above it, there weather for us is cold and windy and we are typically visited regularly by fronts with rainy weather. That is exactly how the weather has decided to act in the coming days,” wrote DMI on its website.

Even on the driest days – Good Friday and Easter Monday – temperatures will struggle to reach double figures, writes DMI.

Thursday will bring a little sun, but also rain and even hail. Temperatures will range from eight to 11 degrees (48-52°F) with a hard westerly wind, reports Jyllands-Posten.

Good Friday will start dry with showers coming later in the day.

Drabber weather still will arrive Saturday, with more rain and temperatures reach as far down as five degrees Celsius (41°F).

“It will probably be the worst day of Easter,” Pedersen said.

A little more sun – but again rain and hail – will accompany the Easter bunny on Sunday, if possible thunder storms don’t scare it off.

Monday will again feel cool at between five and eight degrees Celsius (41-46°F).

“The day will again bring showers with hail or sleet supplemented with a bit of sun,” said Pedersen.

The Easter holiday period will end with sub-zero temperatures of -4°C (25°F) on Monday night.


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.