Unusual weather formation to send ice-cold air to Denmark

An unusually large high-pressure zone will send biting cold towards Denmark and large parts of Europe during the coming weekend.

Unusual weather formation to send ice-cold air to Denmark
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After relatively mild weather on Friday, temperatures will dip considerably, said Frank Nielsen, duty meteorologist with Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“We will have a nice Friday with light winds and a little sun for most people,” Nielsen said early on Friday.

But the air will gradually feel colder and colder over the course of the weekend, according to forecasts, partly due to rising winds.

“Sunday will be dry in most places, and the temperature during the day will drop to between zero and four degrees below freezing,” Nielsen said.

The cold weather, which will continue into the beginning of next week, can be blamed on an unusual weather situation, the meteorologist said.

“There is Arctic air on the move from parts of the North Pole and northern Siberia.

“A large high-pressure area has built up, covering from Iceland all the way to Russia and down to central Europe. That is very unusual. I don't remember seeing such a weather situation in the last 20 years,” he said.

The cold is likely to be felt in Germany and Poland, as well as Denmark, Nielsen said.

“It could end up being really bad in central Europe. In the next week we might hear about people dying due to the cold,” he said.

Denmark is likely to avoid the most extremely cold temperatures because it is surrounded by water, the meteorologist added.

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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.