Rainy Danish weather to continue this week

The beginning of March was unusually wet for the time of year. Umbrellas and waterproofs will continue to be useful during the week ahead.

Rainy Danish weather to continue this week
File photo: Anders Debel Hansen/Ritzau Scanpix

The sun will only occasionally break through cloud cover, while conditions will become increasingly windy towards the end of the week, according to the latest forecast from national meteorological agency DMI.

“The weather is behaving as if it is autumn. Several low-pressure fronts are moving across the country or passing just to the north of Denmark. That is normally more typical of autumn,” meteorologist Jesper Eriksen said.

“We have already had almost 50 millimetres of rain in March, and can expect around 20 to 40 millimetres more between Monday and Sunday,” Eriksen added.

Monday is likely to be the driest day this week.

“The day will begin with cloud in several places, but will clear up later. There will be some showers in the south. Mostly as rain, but there may also be some snow,” Eriksen said.

A temperature of between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius is forecast for Monday afternoon.

The rest of the working week is likely to bring rain and wind.

“The sun will pass by for brief periods, but there will not be any days with sunshine from morning until evening. Daytime temperatures will be in single figures (Celsius),” the meteorologist said.

Night-time temperatures are likely to dip below zero on Monday but will be above freezing for the remainder of the week.

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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.