Weather: cold and rainy start to May in Denmark

Daytime temperatures this week will be considerably lower compared to last week’s weather.

Weather: cold and rainy start to May in Denmark
File photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen / Ritzau Scanpix

The sun will be out a lot less in the first week of May than in the last week of April.

Warm temperatures enjoyed during last weekend are going to fade away, leaving a rather chilly feel, meteorologist Henning Gisselø of national weather agency DMI said.

“Monday will be warm and sunny, but enjoy it while it lasts. It will disappear as the week goes on,” Gisselø said.

Temperatures will range between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius on Monday, although though there may be some showers in the south of the country.

Tuesday could also be a pleasant day, before a shift in the weather on Wednesday.

“The sun will keep shining, although there will be more clouds. But there will be a strong northeasterly wind, and that will result in a drop in temperature in most of the country,” Gisselø said.

Thursday and Friday will feel noticeably colder with temperatures dropping to around 10°C or even lower.

“We’ll be lucky if we land at 10 degrees. Combined with the wind, it will feel even colder,” Gisselø said, adding that the chilly weather will be atypical for the beginning of May.

Night time temperatures will be between 5-8°C at the beginning of the week but close to freezing point by the end.

Weather prognoses for the rest of May indicate that the coming week is likely to be an outlier, with better weather to follow, Gisselø added.

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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.