Storm cancelled in Denmark, but high winds and rain forecast for weekend

Storm Johanne did not cause extreme weather on Thursday, but strong winds, rain and cooler temperatures are forecast in the west of Denmark.

Storm cancelled in Denmark, but high winds and rain forecast for weekend
The Aalborg-Egholm ferry battles through winds on August 10th. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

A relatively cool and rainy weekend is forecast for the entire country after a storm system did not have the impact previously expected.

Forecasts of a storm, designated the name Johanne, have been retracted, meteorologist Trine Pedersen of DMI said on Friday morning.

“There will not be a storm,” Pedersen said.

“But we still expect it to be windy today. The west coast can expect strong winds with gusts reaching gale force. The same applies to the Lillebælt area,” she added.

A low-pressure front building off Jutland’s west coast and moving over the Skagerrak sea is responsible for the winds, which will, however, disperse during the course of Friday.

A cool but pleasant day is otherwise forecast by DMI, with isolated showers only and temperatures between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius.

“It will be a very nice day considering how windy it is,” Pedersen said.

The weekend will see rainy weather across the country, the meteorologist continued.

“We can, in general, expect more changeable weather. The weekend will be very wet across the country. On Saturday a small low-pressure zone will draw rain in over the whole country. There will probably be both rain and thunder,” she said.

Temperatures as cool as 16-17°C are forecast on the west coast on Saturday, with Baltic Sea island Bornholm, at 20-21°C, the warmest part of Denmark.

Sunday will also be overcast with rain.

“It is not yet clear how much rain there will be, but there certainly won’t be much sun. So temperatures on Sunday will also not exceed 17-20°C,” Pedersen 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.