Sun and mild weather to make Danish winter feel like spring

Weather will not feel very wintry during the coming week, as many across the country take time off for the winter break.

Sun and mild weather to make Danish winter feel like spring
File photo: Kristian Djurhuus/Ritzau Scanpix

This week sees schools and public sector workers in many areas in Denmark take a break for the country’s so-called ‘winter holiday’.

Those lucky enough to have time off work will also be able to enjoy warmer and milder weather than might be expected for the time of year, forecasts say.

The week will begin with dry weather and a little sun, according to national meteorological agency DMI.

“Unfortunately for anyone hoping for snow and winter weather this week, things are going the other way completely. The weather will be quite pleasant,” DMI’s duty meteorologist Martin Lindberg said.

“Particularly at the start of the week, when there will be a good chance of sun, and at the end of the week when temperatures will be as high as 11 degrees (Celsius),” he added.

Cloudy weather in Denmark's east at the beginning of Monday will gradually clear from the north west, resulting in sun across most of the country by afternoon. Temperatures will be between 3-6°C, although moderate to strong winds will also be prevalent.

Monday night will be cold, with temperatures dropping as low as three degrees below zero. But that is likely to be the only sub-zero night of the week, according to DMI’s forecasts.

Tuesday will feel cold to begin with, before seeing a rise in temperature to around 3-6°C, and will be a “pleasant day with plenty of sun,” according to Lindberg.

“Wednesday will be a little more cloudy, and there may be a bit of rain here and there. But it will still be mild with temperatures between five and ten degrees,” the meteorologist added.

While Wednesday evening could bring fog, an otherwise mild night at around 3-6°C is forecast.

The end of the week will bring a good chance of sun and temperatures edging towards double figures, particularly on Friday, where up to 11°C is forecast in several parts of the country.

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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.