Denmark to get windy weekend with storm-strength gusts possible

The autumn is set to show its teeth in Denmark this weekend.

Denmark to get windy weekend with storm-strength gusts possible
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Strong winds are forecast across the country in the coming days, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“It will be autumn with a capital A this weekend. It’s going to shake and rattle,” said duty meteorologist Frank Nielsen.

Several changes in weather are expected between Friday and Sunday, Nielsen said.

Friday will alternate between rainy and sunny spells, according to the meteorologist.

DMI has issued a storm weather warning for the following days.

“During the night and up to Saturday morning it could be so windy that we could reach gale force. On Saturday morning the wind will pass over, after which it will clear up again for a while with some sunshine,” Nielsen said.

But that respite will likely be short-lived, according to the meteorologist.

“Between Saturday and Sunday a new low pressure area will cause the wind to increase again. So it will be repeated. Things will start hotting up,” he said.

But neither are temperatures likely to be pleasant.

“We will begin with 10-13 degrees Celsius and around 10 degrees during the night, but on Sunday temperatures will drop somewhat,” 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).

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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.