First stork of the year lands in Denmark

The first stork to arrive in Denmark this year has landed on the island of Bornholm, according to birdwatcher website

First stork of the year lands in Denmark
File photo: REUTERS/Paul Hanna/Ritzau Scanpix

The sighting of the first stork, traditionally considered a sign spring is coming, therefore occurred a week earlier than in 2018.

Favourable weather conditions are partly responsible for the early arrival of the bird, according to chairperson Jess Frederiksen.

“This is extremely early. It is very unusual, and there is no doubt that it is due to the mild weather and climate change in general,” Frederiksen said.

“(The stork) is from Spain, Portugal or maybe North Africa. With the southwesterly wind we have had, many storks have come to Europe early this year. And that is very unusual,” he said.

Another unusual feature of this year’s arrival is its location: the first stork is most frequently spotted in southern Jutland, rather than Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea.


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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.