Weather in Denmark: could it really snow on the first weekend of May?

This weekend will bring winterly weather to the beginning of May, with both frost and snow forecast.

Weather in Denmark: could it really snow on the first weekend of May?
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Hail and thunder are also part of the weather outlook, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

“It will be an unusually winterly weekend for the time of year,” DMI’s meteorologist Henning Gisselø said.

“Friday will begin with sun all across the country, but it won’t be long before the weather changes,” he continued.

Increasingly cloudy skies later on Friday could bring both hail and thunder, with temperatures between 7-10°C.

On Friday, things will get really cold, with the temperature dropping all the way down to freezing point.

“It’s very unusual to see snow in May. But on Friday night, it looks like we a fair bit of sleet and maybe snow will fall. Any snow that falls could settle overnight. But it will melt again as soon as the sun rises on Saturday,” Gisselø said.

Saturday and Sunday are both also likely to see some showers, and temperatures are not expected to exceed 10°C.

The likelihood of hail and thunder will gradually recede as the weekend progresses.

Some chance of frost will also be present locally on Saturday night, however, with temperatures of 3-5°C.

A chilly northerly and northwesterly wind is the culprit for the drastic fall in temperature, bringing unseasonal cold to May after summer-like weather in April.

“Spring can be very changeable, depending on weather the wind is coming from mild central Europe or from the cold north,” Gisselø 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).

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.