Sunny Saturday forecast in Denmark for first weekend of 2019

The first weekend in January is forecast to be warm for the time of year.

Sunny Saturday forecast in Denmark for first weekend of 2019
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix 2018

Mixed weather with both sunshine and clouds is predicted, with temperatures warm during the day and possible frost at night, Jesper Eriksen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) said.

“In Friday, the wind will feel annoying. There will be moderate to strong northwesterly winds, reaching gale force on the west coast,” Eriksen said.

“The good news is that it will mostly stay dry, despite the many clouds in the sky all day,” the meteorologist added.

Friday’s temperatures are forecast at between 3-8 degrees Celsius, with Friday night only a little colder.

On Saturday, the strong winds will gradually fall away, while the day will also bring the greatest chance of sunny spells throughout the weekend.

“If you like sunshine and not so much wind, then Saturday will be the best day of the weekend,” Eriksen said.

“Temperatures will land between five and seven degrees (Celsius), so the weather will be lovely if you want to go out for a walk,” he added.

Saturday night may see temperatures drop to approaching freezing point, particularly in eastern parts of the country.

Relatively warm temperatures for the time of year are also forecast for Sunday, however. Between 4-8°C is predicted due to warmer air coming in from the west.

“We have promised temperature between two and five degrees (Celsius) on Sunday night, but it may drop to freezing point locally. So it is a good idea to be alert,” Eriksen 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.