Grey week awaits in Denmark with white Christmas ‘far away’

Denmark’s national meteorological agency is not optimistic about the chances of a white Christmas.

Grey week awaits in Denmark with white Christmas 'far away'
File photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

This week will see very grey weather leading up to the Christmas holidays, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“We are well and truly in the grip of grey weather this week. The weather will be dominated by a lot of grey clouds because weak fronts will be moving in from the southwest,” DMI’s duty meteorologist Jesper Eriksen said early on Monday.

“If the sun comes out this week, it will only be for short periods. So enjoy it if you can,” Eriksen added.

Temperature will be between one and five degrees Celsius throughout the week, so any precipitation, as is predicted from Tuesday, will be in the form of rain.

The only snow expected to fall this week has already done so – during the early hours of Monday in Vendsyssel, northern Jutland.

“It will be exciting to see if any children in Vendsyssel will be able to go sledding on Monday morning. There’s not been much of that this December,” Eriksen said.

The overcast nature of the weather means that differences between daytime and night time temperatures are small, and Tuesday is the only morning predicted to produce frost.

Winds, calm at the beginning of the week, will pick up from Wednesday with a moderate to strong southeasterly direction.

“Wednesday could feel colder than thermometers suggest,” Eriksen said.

With Christmas just around the corner, Eriksen speculated on whether the weather might have a festive surprise in store – but was less than optimistic.

“Right now, a white Christmas across the country seems, very, very far away. It seems a milder weather system is on its way to Denmark at the end of the week,” he 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.