Sun and wet weather to dominate wintry Danish week

The sun will be out during the coming week in Denmark, interrupted by showery spells that could take the form of snow or sleet.

Sun and wet weather to dominate wintry Danish week
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Snow fell in several parts of the country on Sunday, but that is not enough to guarantee a white Christmas in the Scandinavian country – yet.

Temperatures during the night were well under zero as the week got off to a chilly start.

But the weather forecast for the coming week shows above-zero temperatures and showers along with a good chance of some sun, reports Ritzau.

“If you are in the northwestern part of the country Monday will begin with some sunshine, while there may also be a shower or two. On Funen and Zealand it will be quite cloudy,” Trine Pedersen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) told the news agency.

Monday’s temperature will be somewhere between freezing point and 3-4°C, meaning that rain could fall as sleet in some areas.

A low pressure area will move over the country during the night and will still be present over eastern Zealand and Bornholm by Tuesday morning.

“After that it will clear up, and there will be a little or some sun, and Tuesday will be a relatively dry day,” Pedersen told Ritzau.

Similarly, Wednesday will bring fine weather with a good chance of sun.

“If there are any showers, it will be on the west coast. Other than that it looks to be a fine day with a little or moderate sun,” Pedersen continued.

A new front arriving Wednesday will bring more wet weather later in the week, possibly in the form of sleet or snow.

“It looks as though the end of the week will be more wintry. We will get more wet weather, and that could quite well come as snow or sleet,” Pedersen told Ritzau.

Temperatures will also drop later in the week, with frosty mornings a possibility.

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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.