Twisters, lightning and giant hail in Danish summer storm

Large parts of Denmark were hit by violent storms Tuesday evening, with downpours across the country, gale force winds, hail and thousands of lightning bolts.

Twisters, lightning and giant hail in Danish summer storm
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In West Jutland, the old cliché of lightning never striking twice in the same place was defied as houses on the same street were hit by no fewer than four different lightning strikes.

Two houses on the Torsbækvej street, between the villages of Søndre Felding and Hoven, caught fire after lightning struck four times.

Duty officer Carsten Henriksen of Mid and West Jutland police told local news media TV Midtvest that the repeated lightning strikes were a rare occurrence.

“Nobody is in danger, but the fire has spread to the roof of one of the houses,” Henriksen said.

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), which issued a warning during the storms, posted later on Tuesday a map of all the locations of recorded lightning strikes across Denmark.


The storm moved west across the country during the course of the afternoon, bringing with it gale force winds, and hailstones up to 3.5mm in diameter- the largest of their kind recorded in Denmark in two years, according to a report by TV2.


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Meanwhile, a driver in south Jutland recorded a tornado from his car – also an extremely rare sight in Denmark.

Tornadoes only form in Denmark during heavy storms and are different from the much more powerful versions seen in the United States.

The video, which was posted to TV2 Weather’s Facebook page, shows the Danish twister dissipating in a field near the car.

Tornado ved bedsted. Desværre under opløsning da optagelsen blev startet. Stor og flot søjle 20 sekunder før, da den krydsede vejen. 50-100m bred.

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“There was a beautiful column 20 seconds before [the recording starts], as it passed across the road,” wrote Rasmus Albertsen, who posted the video.

Wednesday’s weather is expected to be rainy and windy, possibly with localised thunder, according to a forecast on DMI's website. 

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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.