More wet weather: meteorologist advises Danes to swap festivals for ‘a ticket south’

Plenty of rain is expected on a weekend during which summer festivals are scheduled to take place around Denmark.

More wet weather: meteorologist advises Danes to swap festivals for 'a ticket south'
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Many Danes are probably hoping for a weekend in which they can dust off sandals and sun cream, with festivals taking place including the Samsø Festival, Grøn Koncert in Aarhus, Kolding and Aalborg, and Musik i Lejet in northern Zealand.

But the weather forecasts yet more festival rain after soakings at this year’s editions of both the Northside and Roskilde music events.

“After we had a fair amount of rain during the night, it now looks like Friday will be a fairly dry day in the southwestern part of Denmark with 20-21 degrees [60-70°F] and some sun but otherwise a lot of cloud,” duty meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) told news wire Ritzau.

Wet weather is expected to begin from Saturday afternoon in South Jutland.

“It looks like we will be visited by low pressure with a lot of rain, so it will be a wet one,” Nielsen said.

“This will develop into a large area of rain in which we can expect between 10 and 20 millimetres during the course of Sunday. It will rain all over most of the country, although not necessarily at the same time,” he said.

The forecast is not all bad for outdoors types – Saturday also looks likely to offer some sunshine and reasonable temperatures.

“Here [on Saturday, ed.] we will have a fair bit of sun and temperatures between 18 and 23 degrees [64-73°F]. So that will be the best day of the weekend with a little hint of summer,” the meteorologist said.

Sunday’s rain means that temperatures on the last day of the weekend will not reach above 20°C.

The average temperature in Denmark so far this July is 17.4°C (63.3°F), reports Ritzau.

“My advice to anyone who hasn’t bought a festival ticket yet is to buy a ticket south instead,” Nielsen 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).

READ ALSO: IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

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.