Formidable Danish summer weather set to continue

No end is in sight to the hot, dry weather that Denmark has enjoyed all summer long.

Formidable Danish summer weather set to continue
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Forecasts predict sunny weather on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and there is no sign that dried-out fields will get much-needed rain.

“If you are in need of rain, this is unfortunately bad news,” Thor Hartz, duty meteorologist with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), said.

“The weather will be dry all weekend. There could possibly be local showers on Sunday, but there will be very little rain,” Hartz added.

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Temperatures will reach around 25 degrees Celsius on Friday and Sunday and will be a little warmer at 27 degrees on Saturday. Eastern parts of the country will feel warmest.

A high-pressure front over the North Sea is responsible for the current good weather.

“That is good news for those who are hoping for more beach weather. Water temperatures are between 17 and 22 degrees. The water is warmest in inner sea waters, and coldest on the west coast of Jutland,” Hartz said.

A light to moderate westerly wind is forecast.

“The exception is North Jutland. It will be more windy there, with a moderate to strong wind on the coasts,” Hartz said.

There is no sign of a cooling down or rainfall in the days immediately after the weekend.

“On the contrary, when I look ahead, the only change is that it will get warmer. A high-pressure zone will move across the country next week, and that will ensure a lot of sun, with temperatures moving up a notch. To between 25 and 30 degrees,” Hartz said. 


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.