Water levels now decreasing after Danish weather described as ‘dangerous’

High water levels caused by windy conditions in Denmark are subsiding after concerns were raised over the situation.

Water levels now decreasing after Danish weather described as 'dangerous'
Flooding at the marina in Horsens on January 2nd. Photo: Morten Pape/Ritzau Scanpix

National meteorological agency DMI on Wednesday evening warned of “very dangerous” weather, particularly in the Funen area, waterways in southeastern Jutland and at the Little Belt strait between Jutland and Funen.

Water levels were up to 175 centimetres above normal in some areas, the agency said according to Politiken’s report.

“Protect yourself and your property. Strong winds combined with high waters will result in coastal flooding and significant damage to buildings and coastal protection. The public is advised to avoid unnecessary travel in at-risk areas of the coast and to follow the advice of authorities,” DMI wrote.

Despite the warning, damage around the country does not yet appear to have been serious and DMI lifted its official warning later on Wednesday evening.

Also on Wednesday, the Danish Storm Council (Stormrådet) confirmed flooding conditions on the north Funen coast.

Assessments on whether flooding conditions due to storms were present elsewhere in the country are expected to be completed during Thursday, Ritzau writes.

“Water levels have not yet peaked everywhere in the country, so the Danish Storm Council will, based on data to be collected, assess whether flooding is present elsewhere in the country,” the council wrote.

Officially declared flooding enables homeowners to make claims for damages to their property with insurance companies until March 3rd, the council 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.