Downpour warnings issued for Aarhus, Copenhagen… and Roskilde

The Roskilde Festival is in the area of Denmark predicted to receive heavy rain over the coming days.

Downpour warnings issued for Aarhus, Copenhagen... and Roskilde
Photo: Torben Christensen/Scanpix

Rainproof footwear is also a likely necessity in other parts of the country, warns the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

The eastern half of the country and the northern part of Jutland can expect downpours on Thursday and Friday, according to DMI.

Between 25 and 33 millimetres of rain are predicted to fall within six hours in some parts of the country.

As much as 15 millimetres of rain could fall within half an hour during localised downpours, DMI reports.

The agency’s warning of heavy rain and downpours is effective for North Jutland, Djursland, northwest Aarhus, and swathes of western and central Jutland along with both northern and southern Zealand, Copenhagen, and the islands of Lolland, Falster and Bornholm.

It is not certain that all of these areas will be hit by the downpour, but heavy rain is possible in all of them.

The warning is in place from 2am Thursday for Zealand and 12pm Thursday for Jutland, and remains in place in both areas until Friday afternoon.

Meteorologist Søren Vallentin Jacobsen of Danish broadcaster DR said the warning was “relatively serious”.

“We have a quite unstable air mass moving from eastern Germany up over the eastern and northern part of Denmark. This is where it will be most humid and warm, and will lead to heavy rain, thunder and downpours,” Jacobsen told DR.

Thousands of people currently camping at the Roskilde Festival on Zealand could well find themselves in for a wet couple of days.

But Jacobsen said that there were no guarantees over where the downpours would actually fall.

“We don’t know whether there will be one downpour or 30, or where they will be. But there will be rain,” he said.

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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.