Denmark set for sunny and warm Easter holiday

The coming week and Easter weekend will feature warm temperatures and dry weather, Denmark’s national meteorological agency DMI forecasts.

Denmark set for sunny and warm Easter holiday
Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Although Monday morning still feels chilly following a cool weekend, there will be a distinctly spring-like and sunny feel to the week, DMI’s Jesper Eriksen said.

“Today will have a lot of sunshine, and it will also stay dry. There will be some cloudy spells, but no rain. We will see a high of 10 degrees (Celsius) at the warmest,” he said.

Tuesday’s weather will generally be similar to Monday’s.

“But there may be some showers in the north and east. But these will not be heavy. It will cloud over during the course of the day, and Tuesday will be a little cloudier than Monday,” Eriksen said.

On Wednesday, dry weather will be accompanied by warmer temperatures of up to 10-15°C and plenty of sunshine.

“We will finally be up to normal temperatures for the middle of April,” Eriksen said.

Stable weather is predicted on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, both public holidays.

“The theme for Easter will be dry weather and a lot of sun. And remember sun cream, because the UV index will reach a moderate level,” the meteorologist said.

Thursday and Friday’s temperatures will range between 12-18°C.

“The wind will primarily be from the east, so it will be coldest on the coasts with on-shore winds, but warmest on coasts with off-shore winds,” Eriksen said.

Just 2.5 millimetres of rain has fallen so far in April, according to DMI.

“There are probably places that haven’t had a drop. It’s very unusual for it to be so dry. But that looks like continuing, apart from some localized showers on Tuesday,” the DMI meteorologist 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.