Denmark has coldest April night this century

Early Wednesday morning saw the coldest April temperatures in Denmark since 1997.

Denmark has coldest April night this century
Photo: Iris

And there is still no sign of spring yet, say meteorologists.

“We have touched on a few records during the night,” duty meteorologist Trine Pedersen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) told newspaper Politiken.

Temperatures at Karup Airport in central Jutland were recorded at -6°C (21.2°F), reports TV2 – the coldest April morning this century.

Not since 1997 has more than six degrees below zero been recorded in Denmark during the fourth month of the year, according to TV2.

Pedersen said that a chill of -4.7°C (23.5°F) was measured at Karup at 7am on Wednesday, meaning frost on car windscreens and bicycle seats as well as risk of icy roads.

Similar icy conditions were also noted by DMI on Tuesday morning.

Still, cold air over Denmark from the north and a high pressure zone are the cause of the exceptionally cold April weather, reports Politiken.

DMI reported on Sunday that the first half of Spring (from March 1st to April 15th) had in fact been slightly warmer than average, and record warm temperatures were also recorded last month.

Rainfall during March and the first half of June was also slightly above normal levels, although the period was still relatively dry overall, wrote DMI on its website.

Wednesday night is also likely to bring frost but will be slightly milder than Tuesday, Pedersen told Politiken.

“Wind will turn and come from the west, which will make weather slightly milder,” she said.

But wind from the north west means that warmer weather is still some way off.

“It will be cool and windy again in the immediate future,” Pedersen 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.