Strong winds to be only minus on Denmark’s New Year’s Eve

Dry, relatively warm weather and stars in the sky are predicted to form a backdrop as fireworks are launched at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Strong winds to be only minus on Denmark’s New Year’s Eve
New Year 2017 at Rådhuspladsen in Copenhagen. File photo: Stine Tidsvilde/Polfoto/Ritzau

Forecasts suggest fine weather for the event, said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“The biggest challenge will probably be the wind. A firm to strong wind from the southwest could send fireworks a little off course,” Nielsen said.

“Only in North Jutland will there still be a little rain and clouds when the rockets are lit. There is also a risk of gale force winds in that part of the country, but everywhere else looks very good,” he said.

Earlier in the day, as preparations for New Year’s Eve dinners and parties get underway, the weather will be “a little heavy,” according to the meteorologist.

“A low pressure area from the British Isles will approach on Sunday morning, bringing rain and mist. But luckily enough, the rain will stop before midnight, and it will clear up,” Nielsen said.

Temperatures will also increase slightly as the countdown to the new year begins.

“The temperature will increase from around four degrees during the day to around eight degrees on Sunday evening. So it will certainly be a mild New Year’s Eve,” Nielsen continued.

Weather on Friday and Saturday will be more unstable.

“We are in the middle of a motorway of fronts that are moving in and out. In between showers with sleet on Friday morning it will begin to clear up. That is a dangerous cocktail, because road temperatures will be circling around freezing point. Motorists, in particular in Jutland, should be cautious of the risk of icy roads,” the duty meteorologist said.

Some sun with a steady to fresh winds are also later on Friday, while Saturday is expected to bring rain and isolated sleet showers.

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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.