‘Indian summer’ to replace cold and rain in Denmark this week

Denmark is set to enjoy a brief spell of warm and sunny weather this week.

'Indian summer' to replace cold and rain in Denmark this week
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

The cold, rainy days normally associated with autumn in Denmark will make way for a little warmth and sunshine this week – if only for a short spell.

“We are going to have what is unofficially called an ‘Indian summer’. That means that, after a period with lower temperatures, we will again have warmer temperatures with sunshine and up to 20 degrees (Celsius),” DMI meteorologist Henrik Gisselø told Ritzau.

‘Indian summers’ are not an unknown phenomenon in Denmark, but late summer weather does not normally survive into the second week of October, the duty meteorologist said.

Monday will bring mostly rain and cloud, however.

“The start of the week will not be particularly good. It will rain in North Jutland, there will be clouds in the rest of the country and only 13-14 degrees. But from tomorrow, Tuesday, the sun will begin to come out,” Gisselø said.

Most of the country will feel sun’s rays on Wednesday and Thursday, though temperatures will be warmer in southern areas.

“You will have to go to South Jutland or Lolland-Falster to get 20 degrees. But there will generally be very nice weather,” the meteorologist said.

This week’s sun and warmer days should be enjoyed while they last, according to DMI.

“More clouds and rain are on the way next weekend. It will also be colder,” Gisselø 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.