Denmark equals record for warmest winter day

The highest-ever winter temperature recorded in Denmark was equalled on Tuesday.

Denmark equals record for warmest winter day
File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

A temperature of 15.8 degrees Celsius was measured at Tirstrup north of Aarhus, TV2 reported, while national meteorological agency DMI tweeted that a 29-year-old record had been matched.

The 15.8°C represents the warmest weather recorded in February since records began in 1873, equalling the existing record measurement, which was made in Copenhagen in 1990.

It is also higher than any temperature ever logged in Denmark during December or January, making it officially the joint-warmest winter day on record.

The next-highest winter temperatures in the Danish history books are 15.5°C in 1959 and 15.1°C in 2012.

Fog early this morning was quickly dried away by emerging sunshine, resulting in an unseasonably warm day.

Light winds and exceptionally warm air moving across Denmark from the west are reported by TV2 to be underlying factors in the record-equalling winter weather.

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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.