Temperatures heading down as Denmark begins mixed weather week

The week joining January and February is set for a cold, wet start, but things could begin to brighten up by Tuesday.

Temperatures heading down as Denmark begins mixed weather week
File photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark

Potentially sunny weather will not prevent temperatures from feeling increasingly cold as the week progresses, according to Janne Hansen, duty meteorologist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“It's a bit of a mixed bag,” Hansen told news agency Ritzau.

“It will begin with a grey and wet Monday and will be relatively windy with fresh winds. In the northwest of the country that could reach hard to gale force winds,” she said.

Monday's temperature will be 3-8°C.

A cold front will pass the country on Monday night, bringing both sun and some showers.

The wind will also die down during the course of Monday night.

“Tuesday will be a nice day with a high pressure ridge passing the country. That will bring sunshine in many places and I wouldn't rule out the odd shower,” Jansen said, adding that temperatures are likely to fall on Tuesday.

“That might also mean some sleet,” the meteorologist told Ritzau.

Tuesday is also likely to remain the week's weather highlight, with more wind and a new front system on its way by Wednesday.

“That will bring rain and sleet. At the back of that front system it looks like being somewhat cooler, which could give some sleet or snow,” Hansen continued.

Wednesday's temperatures are forecast at 2-5°C.

Though forecasts for later in the week remain uncertain, there is some suggestion that the beginning of February will be colder than the end of January.

“Thursday and Friday look like being cooler. Sun and some wintery showers are both possible. Forecasts predict colder weather, but exactly how cold, we don't know,” Hansen said.

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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.