‘Tie down garden furniture and trampolines’: Police warn of storms in Denmark

Heavy winds with gale force gusts are predicted to hit Denmark on Wednesday.

'Tie down garden furniture and trampolines': Police warn of storms in Denmark
Photo: Iris/Scanpix

The first strong winds of the autumn are set to strike Denmark on Wednesday afternoon.

“The wind around midday will turn towards the southwest and increase to between hard and gale levels with storm-level gusts, up to strong storms in some places,” the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) wrote in the latest forecast on its website.

Police in several areas have issued warnings to residents based on the heavy weather forecasts.

“When the weather looks like baring its teeth, be sure to fix garden furniture, trampolines and anything else that can fly,” South East Jutland Police wrote on Twitter.

Heavy recent rain also means that wet earth has a weaker grip on tree roots than normal, according to DMI.

“The wind can cause large branches to fall and trees to topple. A walk in the forest is not necessarily a good idea,” South Jutland Police wrote on Twitter.

Boat owners are also advised to secure ropes.

Southern Denmark is most at risk of damage to trees during the potential storm.

Water levels in the Wadden Sea, and near Esbjerg is expected to increase considerably, reports newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

DMI also warns on its website of the risk of “roof tiles blowing off, large branches breaking, and trees falling and blocking train and road routes”.

Closure of bridges is also likely.

After a wet and windy Wednesday, Denmark can look forward to a “relatively fine” weekend, according to DMI’s report.

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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.