One month of rain could fall in Denmark this week

Meteorological agency DMI has forecast a wet week in Denmark.

One month of rain could fall in Denmark this week
File photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

Up to 60 millimetres of rain are forecast for the coming week – more than the average total rainfall for the whole of March.

The weather will therefore be extraordinarily wet, said Jesper Eriksen, DMI’s duty meteorologist, to Ritzau on Monday morning.

“The weather this week will be more like autumn than spring,” Eriksen said.

Spring is usually a dry season, but it looks like there will be rain and showers all this week,” he said.

Between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain are forecast, with as much as 60mm locally.

The monthly average for March is 46mm.

On Monday, rainy weather throughout the day will be accompanied by temperatures of between 4-9° Celsius.

There will also be strong winds, particularly in the evening, with storm and gale forces reached in southern and coastal areas.

DMI has issued a high water warning of 2-2.5 metres on the Wadden Sea coast in the country’s southwest.

“The windy weather looks set to culminate on Monday at around midnight, but it will continue on Tuesday and will gradually reduce throughout the day,” Eriksen said.

Tuesday will bring rain in most parts of the country, although there may be some sun in southern areas.

On Wednesday, some sun and scattered showers at the outset will later be replaced by a new spell of rain moving across from the southwest.

“The last days of the week will also bring wind and rain, but forecasts are still too uncertain to say what there will be most of,” Eriksen said.

Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day this week, with between 7-12°C forecast. Slight frosts are also possible during the coming days.

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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).

READ ALSO: IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

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.