Downpours and thunder warnings issued for Denmark

A summer thunderstorm is likely to hit Denmark Thursday morning, with heavy rain forecast for the southern part of the country.

Downpours and thunder warnings issued for Denmark
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The rain and thunder, which is moving towards the country from the North Sea, will bring localised downpours during the day, according to a forecast by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

DMI has issued a storm warning for Thursday and says that up to 25-35mm of rain could fall in some areas.

“The bad weather will hit Denmark within the next few hours and we are expecting thunder in some places. We can not rule out localised downpours,” duty meteorologist Steen Rasmussen of DMI told Politiken.

The storm is expected to reach the southwestern part of the country first before moving east, with heavy rain and thunder probable in southern and central Jutland along with the islands of Funen, Lolland and Falster.

Southern Jutland and Funen are expected to be worst hit.

“The northern part of the country will not escape the rain, but looks likely to avoid the heavy rain on this occasion,” Rasmussen said.

The meteorologist said that there was some risk of flooding in low-lying areas and advised caution during the storm.

“Take cover during thunder, and if you are driving then be careful, as there is a risk of aquaplaning. There may also be strong gusts of wind, so it is important to be aware of this,” he said.

The bad weather is associated with a low pressure area and associated weather front, according to the report.

Danes looking forward to next week’s Roskilde Festival – the largest music festival in northern Europe – will see the storms as an unwanted arrival after a period of sunny weather.

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The yearly festival, which opens the gates to its 90,000 square metre camping area on Saturday, has around 130,000 attendees – making it Denmark’s 4th biggest town for its one-week duration.

Bad weather has in the past turned the festival area into a quagmire, most notoriously in 2007, when 85mm of rain caused flooding and health hazards.

DMI currently forecasts showers and mixed weather in the Roskilde area next week. 


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.