Foggy start could turn into warm and sunny days for Denmark

Monday began with low visibility in many parts of Denmark, but forecasters predict warm weather and sun later in the week.

Foggy start could turn into warm and sunny days for Denmark
File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Grey skies and dense fog, particularly in the south of the country, were predicted for the outset of Monday, but sun and high temperatures for the time of year are forecast later in the week, according to meteorological agency DMI.

“We are waking up to a lot of cloud, particularly in the south of the country, where they are also up against dense fog,” DMI’s Klaus Larsen said.

But sun is expected to emerge from the mist in several areas later on Monday, before cloud and fog return during the night.

“(Monday) night, we will again see cloud and fog in many places, and temperature will fall to between one and five degrees (Celsius),” Larsen said.

That will initially continue on Tuesday, with initial temperatures again between 5-8°C while cloud cover is still in place. But DMI predicts clouds will clear during the day, with warmer weather resulting.

“If the sun comes out, as we expect it to, the temperature will increase to 10-13 degrees. That is a very fine and warm temperature for February,” Larsen said.

Coastal areas will feel cooler due to onshore winds, the meteorologist added.

Some rainfall is possible towards the end of the week, and fog is expected to be a recurring theme, with fog banks forecast on several consecutive nights.

Night-time temperatures could drop as low as zero, meanwhile, resulting in cold mornings.

“It will feel cold when leaving home in the morning, but during the day we could get a lot of sun,” Larsen 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.