Slight sunshine and temperatures over freezing in Denmark this week

After a weekend that brought snow to some parts of the country, the coming week will be slightly warmer with some sunny spells as schools in Denmark take a week off for their winter break.

Slight sunshine and temperatures over freezing in Denmark this week
Ice at Roskilde Harbour on February 6th 2018. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix

Any hopes of skating or sledging for kids during the winter holidays are therefore likely to be dashed, according to a Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) forecast.

Only small amounts of snow are predicted to fall over the next seven days, DMI meteorologist Jesper Eriksen told Ritzau.

Temperatures will be largely above zero with the sun breaking through on occasions, he said.

“I would say the winter break will be nice, if you don't like real wintry weather,” Eriksen said.

“But you will not be able to go skating, because the ice will not be thick enough. So neither skates nor sleighs need be brought out of storage,” he added.


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DMI forecasts the temperature to stay at around 4-5°C throughout the week.

Any sunny spells will bring sunshine noticeably stronger than in earlier winter months, Eriksen said.

“It's now February, so you can feel the sun on your cheeks if it comes out in the middle of the day. And we're hoping for that,” the meteorologist said.

Monday is likely to be the most wintry day of the week due to wind chill factor, Erkisen continued.

“It will be windy on Monday and there will be precipitation in different forms. But any snow will not settle,” he said.

Rain is also possible on Tuesday, while Wednesday will be drier. Wet weather could return on Thursday, according to DMI's prognosis.

“A front will come in on Thursday, in which precipitation will begin in the form of snow and then turn into sleet and rain. The chill factor could also be felt again on Thursday, as it will be on Monday,” Eriksen said.

A slight temperature increase towards the end of the week could see around 5-7°C.

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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.