Falling temperatures to send cold weekend to Denmark

Temperatures in Denmark are set to fall over the next three days, bringing a distinctly wintery feel to the weekend.

Falling temperatures to send cold weekend to Denmark
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Cloudy weather and sleet are also forecast by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), despite a relatively sunny start to Friday in the eastern part of Denmark.

“Friday will be the warmest day. Here we will get a little or some sun over most of the country. But there will be a few localised showers, particularly in Jutland,” said DMI’s duty meteorologist Dan Nilsvall.

Temperatures will be between 7-10°C on Friday, and will drop further on Saturday.

Coastal areas will be further chilled by strong winds.

“Saturday will bring showers all over the country. There may be a little sun, but not a lot. It will also be windy with firm to strong winds at the coasts reaching gale force in some places,” Nilsvall said.

Temperatures will not reach above 7°C on Saturday.

“We’re getting closer to winter, so it’s not atypical. It will be exciting to see what happens after the weekend. Perhaps the cold will stay put. I wouldn’t rule out a short visit from some snow late on Sunday or early Monday,” the meteorologist continued.

Though a small amount of sunshine is possible in Jutland on Sunday, sleet is also forecast in the northern part of the peninsula towards the end of the day.

Sunday will also be the coldest day of the weekend, with daytime temperatures down to between 2-6°C and as cold as -5°C during the night.

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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.