No rain for Danes and foreigners on election day

Danes and foreigners going out to vote in municipal and regional elections on Tuesday will stay dry, according to weather forecasts.

No rain for Danes and foreigners on election day
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Tuesday is forecast to be a calm day with almost no rainfall, with temperatures a little over freezing point, according to Anja Bodholdt, duty meteorologist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“In general, the whole country will stay dry on Tuesday. The vast majority will have dry weather,” Bodholdt said.

“There may be a few drops in the southern parts of the country and in North Jutland and North Zealand, but only a very small amount,” she added.

As such, voters heading to polling stations need not worry about their ballot papers getting wet on the way.

Voting cards also unlikely to be blown out of anyone’s hands.

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“There will be almost no wind,” Bodholdt said.

The temperature was around freezing as most polling stations opened on Tuesday morning.

“In central and northern parts of Jutland we’re a little under freezing, and a little over in the south. On Funen, Lolland and Falster temperatures are in plus degrees, and Zealand will be at or just under freezing point,” Bodholdt said.

The temperature will rise during the day to a maximum of 6°C, according to DMI’s forecast.

Although the rain will stay away on election day, so will the sun, with overcast skies forecast.

Polling stations opened at 8am and close at 8pm.

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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.