Warmer weather short-lived as winter returns to Denmark

Warmer air from the south will bring possible sunny spells and more comfortable temperatures during the first half of this week.

Warmer weather short-lived as winter returns to Denmark
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

But falling temperatures and wind will give a more wintry feel from Wednesday onwards, according to a forecast from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“Monday is a little bit special, because we currently have a warning out of heavy fog in large parts of Jutland and Funen, but that should be over during the course of the morning,” DMI's meteorologist Lars Henriksen said.

“Apart from that, Monday will be a cloudy day. Particularly in the southeastern art of the country, where there will also be rainy spells,” Henriksen added.

Temperatures on Monday will be between three and six degrees Celsius.

Tuesday is forecast to begin with rain across the south of the country and clearer weather taking over in the west as the day goes on. Temperatures will range from 3-6°C.

From mid-week until the weekend, dry but colder weather, dropping to seven degrees below zero at night, will see a return to the wintry feeling that has so far characterised March.

“We will return to a situation in which daytime temperatures will be between one and four degreed above zero with frost at night in many places,” Henriksen said.

“Low nighttime temperatures will mainly be in the centre of the country, and there will be a good, fresh and sometimes hard easterly wind. So I'm afraid it will probably be a bit more wintry in the middle and at the end of the week,” he said.

“That means it will be colder. And the wind will actually make it feel quite cold,” the meteorologist added.

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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.