Frosty week ahead in Denmark as sun plays minor role

A few short sunny spells will break up a cold winter week in Denmark.

Frosty week ahead in Denmark as sun plays minor role
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Monday and Tuesday are likely to be the only bright days during an overall frosty week, says the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)’s Mette Wagner.

“We’ll need sunglasses on Monday and Tuesday. But we’ll also need gloves in our pocket if we go for a walk,” Wagner said.

The second week in January began with handsome winter weather, with Danes waking up to ice and frost on Monday.

“We’re starting with a beautiful day after a cold and clear night. We’ve been all the way down to 7.7 degrees [Celsius] below zero. But when the sun comes up I expect it will be a clear and sunny Monday. It will be a beautiful day, and sunglasses will be necessary,” Wagner said early on Monday.

Temperatures will reach around freezing point in most parts of the country, with a high of five degrees above zero in northern Jutland.

“A little frosty mist may be formed towards the end of the day, which may be a nuisance during the night going into Tuesday. Tuesday will also be quite cold, but going into Wednesday a front will arrive, making things warmer,” Wagner said.

That means that Wednesday morning may be without frost, according to the DMI prediction.

“The temperature may be between two and five degrees on Wednesday. That is quite mild compared to Monday and Tuesday,” Wagner said.

Thursday is likely to see cloudy and wet weather with temperatures falling again, bringing a chance of sleet.

A similar outlook is predicted on Friday with showers from the east.

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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.