Gloves and scarves out as winter hits Denmark

A cold and windy start to the week means winter clothing is likely to be coming out of storage for many in Denmark.

Gloves and scarves out as winter hits Denmark
Some cold and windy days are forecast this week. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

But relatively warm sea temperatures will prevent frost and snow for now, with a slight uptick in conditions towards the middle of the week, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“The first days (of the week) look cold and windy with temperatures around five degrees (Celsius) during daytime. The wind will be moderate in most of the country,” duty meteorologist Bolette Brødsgaard told Ritzau, adding that temperatures up to gale force were possible in coastal areas.

Southern parts of the country will see some rain on Monday and Tuesday, but gumboots and umbrellas are unlikely to necessary elsewhere, according to DMI’s forecast.

The temperature on Monday night will be between two and five degrees Celsius.

“We will avoid frost at the start of the week, partly because of cloud cover and partly because of the windy conditions. The warm sea is also keeping temperatures up,” Brødsgaard said.

Although the winter wind will calm on Wednesday, daytime temperatures will remain around 5°C.

“The weather will be a bit more pleasant then, and the wind will be gone by Thursday. That means there will be some chance of frost locally around next weekend, since there will be gaps in the cloud cover,” Brødsgaard 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.