Winter sun to shine on in Denmark this week

The winter freeze has a good grip on Denmark, with temperatures under zero as the week begins.

Winter sun to shine on in Denmark this week
File photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark

But with clear skies and low winds, Monday is set to be a handsome winter's day across the country.

“Monday will be a rather fine day with sun in many places. Zealand, Funen and South Jutland will get the most sun,” said Frank Nielsen, duty meteorologist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“On Zealand in particular, people will wake up to a nice morning with temperatures at -6° Celsius and a clear sky. It will also be dry, and the strong winds we have had for some time have died off,” Nielsen said.

The northwesterly wind is bringing cold temperatures, but not snow, with it from Sweden, according to DMI.

“[Baltic Sea island] Bornholm will be the only place to have snow on Monday,” Nielsen said.

The bright, cold weather is set to continue on Tuesday.

“There will not be quite as much sun as on Monday, but the minus temperatures during daytime will continue,” said Nielsen, adding that there could also be some snowfall in the southwest of the country on Tuesday.

The forecast for Wednesday is less clear-cut.

“We have an old warm front from the Faroe Islands that will head towards Denmark. That front will give higher temperatures, some snow and some more clouds. In most places, daytime temperatures will be around freezing point, and it will be up to four degrees [Celsius] above zero in western parts of the country,” Nielsen said.

On Thursdau and Friday, the winter sun is likely to return, with temperatures at around 4°C during the day and -5°C at night.

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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.