Downpours and thunder to Denmark as August continues where July left off

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has issued a severe weather warning, with heavy rain expected in the eastern part of the country.

Downpours and thunder to Denmark as August continues where July left off
File photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix

Downpours are expected in Zealand and Funen on Thursday afternoon and evening, reports broadcaster DR.

The rainy weather follows a July which fell two days short of becoming the first for 38 years in which no summer days were recorded.

August seems unlikely to offer much improvement on the damp squib offered up last month, according to the report.

According to a risk assessment released by DMI, thunderstorms are expected over the islands of Zealand, Lolland-Falster, Bornholm and most of Funen between 3pm and 8pm on Thursday.

“We have warm air in the south and a cooler air mass in the northwest, and that will generate cells that can give strong rain and thunder during the afternoon,” DR weather presenter Christian Cherry told the broadcaster.

Up to between 15 and 25 millimetres of rain could fall within 30 minutes in localised areas, enough to create a risk of floods in low-lying areas, basements and on road surfaces and reduced visibility, according to the report.

Grey weather is forecast for the country during the rest of the day, including prior to the storms.

“During the morning there will be some persistent rain, which is beginning to reach western parts of Zealand and Lolland. You could say it will be a nice day for people who love rain,” Cherry said.

While DMI’s weather warning only applies to the eastern part of Denmark, Jutland is also unlikely to remain dry, reports DR.

“The rain currently over Jutland will move away quickly. There is a fresh wind just now, which means the rain will move on quickly, but they will get rain,” Cherry 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.