Summer sun over for now: cooler temperatures and rain in Denmark this week

Temperatures of between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius with localised showers are forecast this week.

Summer sun over for now: cooler temperatures and rain in Denmark this week
File photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Cooler air and wet weather thereby replace the endless days of summer sunshine in which Denmark has basked for several weeks.

The change in weather will be seen from Monday.

“The high pressure zone we have seen for some time is gone. Instead, a low pressure zone is passing southern Scandinavia and will bring cooler air over the country from the south and southwest,” Martin Lindberg of the Danish Meteorologial Association (DMI) said.

Monday will be largely dry with some exceptions in the northern part of Jutland.

“We will see a lot of cloud, especially in the west, and only a little bit of sun in most of Jutland. Additionally, a strong wind from the North Sea will increase, making Jutland in particular feel colder,” Lindberg said.

Wednesday will be the most sunny day this week, although localised showers and cool winds will still be prevalent in west coast of Jutland.

“On Thursday there will be a deep low pressure area over the sea west of Norway. That will affect the weather in Denmark, although there will be some sun and fewer clouds in the eastern part of the country,” Lindberg continued.

But temperatures of between 17 and 21°C (on Thursday) will feel comfortable after the heat we’ve had up to now,” he added.

Thursday evening and Friday are likely to bring rain, the meteorologist added.

“We must hope for the sake of farmers and their dry land that there will be some rain after the dry period we’ve had up to now,” he 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.