Snow, sleet and cold forecast for Easter week in Denmark

An early Easter this year also means winter weather.

Snow, sleet and cold forecast for Easter week in Denmark
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Sun, sleet and showers are forecast for the beginning of the week before a dip in temperatures on Thursday and Friday, says the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“We will start this morning with some mist and cloud and a little sun during the course of the day. But we will also see some showers,” DMI duty meteorologist Mette Wagner told Ritzau early on Monday.

Monday will be the warmest day of the week with temperatures reaching as high as nine degrees Celsius, according to DMI’s forecast.

Tuesday will see more precipitation, particularly in eastern parts of the country. That could take the form of snow or sleet, with daytime temperatures from 1-6°C.

A front will move across the country from the southwest.

“That will probably bring snow or sleet to southern parts, and increasing wind may cause some snowdrifting,” Wagner said.

Thursday and Friday will feel noticeably colder at between freezing point and four degrees above zero.

“Friday is, of course, the big day for Easter lunches, but the weather won’t be good enough to sit outside and drink a beer in the garden, because it’s going to be very cold,” the meteorologist said.

The weather will remain dry on Good Friday, however.

Easter Sunday, which occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon after spring equinox, falls relatively early this year on April 1st.

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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.