Rainy start to the week in Denmark will give way to more sun

Denmark is set for another warm week at the end of a May month that has broken weather records with its high temperatures.

Rainy start to the week in Denmark will give way to more sun
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Some rain is forecast for the beginning of the week, however.

“This will be a week in which we will continue to have the warm weather we’re starting to get used to,” Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) meteorologist Klaus Larsen said.

Daytime temperatures during this week are forecast at around 26-28 degrees Celsius.

“But, in contrast to the last couple of weeks, there will be few showers in the first few days of the week. The showers could come as rain or thunderstorms, and we cannot rule out some of them being heavy,” Larsen said.

A previous warning of likely heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong wind gusts was, however, retracted by DMI early on Monday, according to an update posted to the agency's Twitter account.

Despite the likely wet start to the week, there will be no need to put shorts and sunglasses back into storage.

Drier weather is expected to return during Wednesday.

“When we get further into the week, the weather will become dry again. There may still be individual showers, but the rainy spells will be mostly at the start of the week,” Larsen said.

Wednesday is also expected to be the hottest day of the week, with temperatures reaching as high as 30°C in parts of Jutland.

Nighttime temperatures are forecast at between ten and 15°C.

Mild to firm southerly and westerly winds are expected throughout the week.

May 2018 is on course to be Denmark's warmest month of May since DMI's records began in 1874.

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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.