No summer days in Denmark this weekend

July has not yet seen a summer day in Denmark, and the weekend weather is unlikely to bring much improvement, report Danish meteorologists.

No summer days in Denmark this weekend
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While temperatures likely to be comfortable, rain and clouds will make for an overcast feeling across the country, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“The weather this weekend will be a bit of a mess, with son, wind and clouds. It will start well on Friday at 20°C (68°F), with not so much wind. But there will be some clouds and showers,” meteorologist Jesper Eriksen told Jyllands-Posten.

Saturday is likely to be the best of the three days with temperatures again around or just above 20°C and little wind, Eriksen said.

By Sunday, rain and stronger winds will dominate the weather picture throughout the country, with the exception of the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm.

“Sunday will be the worst day of the weekend, unless you happen to be on Bornholm, the sunshine island. The wind will freshen up, so it will feel colder than 20 degrees. Rain will come from the west, but that won’t reach Bornholm until the evening,” Eriksen said.

The meteorologist said he was still looking forward to a ‘real summer day’ in July – defined by DMI as a day during which temperatures reach over 25°C (77°F).

“It will happen next week. We won’t get anywhere near it this weekend, but you can warm yourself with the thought that [warmer weather] will arrive around Wednesday or Thursday,” Eriksen 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.