Denmark set for autumnal week with plenty of rain and wind

After a mild weekend with relatively warm temperatures, more seasonal weather is forecast this week.

Denmark set for autumnal week with plenty of rain and wind
File photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Scanpix 2017

Cooler temperatures and winds reaching gale force are forecast by meteorological institute DMI.

“The weather is about to get its own back. We are heading into a real autumn week,” DMI meteorologist Frank Nielsen told Ritzau Monday morning.

Monday itself began with sunshine in much of Denmark, albeit with cool temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius.

A low pressure front reaching the country on Monday evening and Tuesday will result in increased wind speeds up to gale force, and even storm-level gusts on the coasts on at night.

“The wind could, by Tuesday, result in high water levels at inland waters. That is something we will be monitoring,” Nielsen said.

Areas around Roskilde, Isefjord, the Baltic Sea coast and the Great Belt Fixed Link could particularly be affected, the meteorologist said.

Rain, strong winds and temperatures of between ten and 13 degrees Celsius are forecast for Tuesday.

Wednesday will see a brief respite from the rainy weather, with some sunny spells possible, but with similar temperatures to Tuesday.

Rainy spells and cloud will return on Thursday, and will continue into Friday, before skies clear a little going into next weekend.

Night-time temperatures this week are expected to approach freezing point, Nielsen said.

“We have so far escaped frost, but it’s getting closer. Perhaps local temperatures will get down there towards the end of the week,” he said.

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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.