Rain to replace Danish sun and summer this weekend

Denmark may have seen its last summer day of the year, meteorologists say.

Rain to replace Danish sun and summer this weekend
File photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

A summer day, defined as a day with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees Celsius, may have occurred for the last time this year, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Raincoats and warmer layers will certainly be needed this weekend, according to forecasts.

“A bit of an upheaval is on the way for the parts of the country where Thursday brought sun and up to 27 degrees,” DMI duty meteorologist Henning Gisselø said.

“The weekend will be quite cold and full of showers,” the meteorologist added.

After showers and clouds early on Friday, some clearer weather is expected in the afternoon, particularly in the west of the country.

Temperatures are forecast at between 15-20°C, with the west coast more likely to be at the lower end of that range.

Saturday is expected to bring more rain and a slightly cooler 15-18°C, along with moderate to strong westerly winds.

Some sun is expected Sunday, but that will not make things feel much warmer, according to Gisselø.

“It will seem like somewhat drab weather compared to what we have seen in recent weeks. And it does not look like things will be much warmer in the immediate future,” he said.

“It appears we have had the last summer’s day this year, defined as a day with over 25 degrees,” he added.

While sunshine and temperatures of above 20 degrees could return, it is nevertheless considered unlikely that the stronger summer heat will be back in 2018.

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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.