Rough weather to kick off weekend as temperatures drop

A relatively cold and windy weekend awaits Denmark, with temperatures falling day by day.

Rough weather to kick off weekend as temperatures drop
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The cold will have reached around freezing point by the end of the weekend, says duty meteorologist Martin Lindberg of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“On Friday we will get strong winds, firm to strong and up to gale force on the coasts. Particularly on the west coast, where there is also a risk of gusts up to storm level,” Lindberg said.

Friday will also bring rainy spells across the country.

“There will be a lot of showers in Jutland and there may be thunder and hail locally. And only very little sunshine,” Lindberg said.

“In the eastern part of the country there will be more sun, but there will also be showers locally,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be somewhere between 5-6°C, falling slightly to between 2-5°C on Saturday.

The winds will continue before easing off during Saturday.

Saturday will also bring showers locally, possibly in the form of melting snow or sleet, given the low temperatures.

“There will be some isolated showers, in some places with sleet locally, so it could be a little white,” Lindberg said.

Temperatures will fall further on Saturday night.

“We will probably get near to freezing point in Jutland and also near freezing point in the east. And it will be cloudy with a lot of showers, which could also be white,” Lindberg said.

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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.