Weather conditions perfect for lunar eclipse over Denmark

Friday’s weather is likely to provide perfect conditions for viewing a blood red moon as a lunar eclipse comes into sight over Denmark’s summer skies.

Weather conditions perfect for lunar eclipse over Denmark
A file photo of a previous lunar eclipse over Denmark. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix

A warm, sunny day is forecast with temperatures between 27 and 33 degrees Celsius across the country, with the current heatwave showing no immediate sign of letting up.

A clear sky during this evening’s lunar eclipse will follow, Thor Hartz of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) said.

The sky will be cloud-free between 9:19pm and 1:30am when the full moon will appear red through various phases of a total lunar eclipse.

“The weather is providing a very good opportunity to see the lunar eclipse. This evening will bring clear weather and warm temperatures for those who want to go out and study the sky,” Hartz said.

Friday night will be a tropical night in most of the country – defined as a night during which temperatures do not fall below 20 degrees.

Warm weather will continue on Saturday, with a dry and warm start followed by the arrival of a cold front and wet weather later in the day.

Between five and 10 millimetres of rain are forecast in most parts of the country, but up to 15-20mm with thunder may occur locally.

“It is uncertain exactly how much rain will fall, but it looks like being a significant rainfall, which is much-needed,” Hartz said.

The rain is unlikely to continue on Sunday, but temperatures are expected to cool to around 23-27°C.

Eastern parts of Denmark will be cloudy early on Sunday with some chance of rain before the skies clear and sunshine returns, according to DMI’s forecast.

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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.