White Christmas in Denmark called off by meteorologists

Snow is ‘very unlikely’ on the 24th of December, say meteorologists in Denmark.

White Christmas in Denmark called off by meteorologists
This Christmas scene from 2014 is unlikely to be repeated this year. Photo: Lasse Kofod/Polfoto/Scanpix

Denmark’s Christmas in 2017 will in all probability not be white, said duty meteorologist Frank Nielsen with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Nielsen said that a white Christmas “probably isn’t going to happen”.

“Warm (air) and humidity will reach Denmark at the end of the week. So Christmas Eve will be cloudy, hazy and windy with temperatures between five to eight degrees (Celsius). Maybe as much as ten degrees,” Nielsen said.

Mild temperatures and a little sunshine will characterise the week leading up to Christmas.

“Monday will be mostly cloudy. There may be a little rain and sleet here and there, but nothing special. And up to three degrees,” Nielsen said.

“Tuesday morning might bring a little frost – especially in Jutland – and there may be a little sun later in the day. But the clouds will otherwise float slowly across the country and it will be grey,” he continued.

From Wednesday onwards it will feel a little warmer.

“The temperature will increase on Tuesday night, and [on Wednesday] we will get five to seven degrees. Wednesday will then be grey and hazy with a little rain. So the weather will be drab with a southwesterly wind,” Nielsen said.

A mixture of sun and showers is expected on Thursday and Friday.

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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.