Denmark given accidental ‘unrealistic’ weather forecast

Danes checking the weather forecast in Esbjerg on Sunday came in for a shock after an error resulted in ‘unrealistic’ amounts of rain being predicted.

Denmark given accidental 'unrealistic' weather forecast
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) forecast for Esbjerg and surrounding areas showed a constant rainfall level of 18mm on Monday evening and Tuesday.

After being contacted by concerned citizens on Twitter, DMI confirmed that the forecast was “of course a mistake”.

“We are working hard to fix it,” wrote the agency.

DMI’s duty meteorologist Henning Gisselø later told newspaper BT such high rainfall “cannot realistically occur”.

“There was a technical error, but exactly what happened, I can't say,” Gisselø added.

But Danes hoping for a dry start to the week are nevertheless likely to be disappointed – the real weather forecast predicts rain and showers over much of the country on both Monday and Tuesday.

Southern Jutland is expected to see the most wet weather, with around nine millimetres in total forecast. 

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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.