Weekend temperatures close to 20 degrees in Denmark as spring arrives

After an energy-sapping extended winter that brought harsh winds, cold and snow throughout March, the first weekend in April will have the feel of spring.

Weekend temperatures close to 20 degrees in Denmark as spring arrives
Spring sun in Copenhagen. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

Sun will shine across Denmark during most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with warm air from southern Europe moving over the country and temperatures in the high teens.

“There are clear signs of spring on the air. From the start of Friday, people will wake up to beautiful weather,” Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) duty meteorologist Mette Wagner told Ritzau.

Friday’s daytime temperature is expected to be between six and 11°C.

A southerly wind will be felt during the day.

“And we like that very much. There is lovely warm weather waiting for us further south in Europe, and that will roll in over the country,” Wagner said.

Friday will be mostly dry and sunny, and Friday night will remain clear with temperatures dropping to between 5°C and freezing point.

But Saturday will see more sun and rising warmth.

“Saturday will also be dry with sun from morning to evening. There may be high clouds due to fronts moving across the North Sea, but the clouds will be so high that the sun will break through, so the clouds won’t affect the pleasant weather,” the meteorologist said.

Temperatures are expected to reach 10-15°C on Saturday, according to DMI.

“South Jutland may creep up to as much as 17°C,” Wagner said.

The spring-like weather will continue on Sunday but with possible clouds and showers in western areas.

“But we are not talking about large amounts of rain, and temperatures will be between 14 and 19 degrees, warmest in central Jutland,” Wagner said.

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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.