Weather: mixed, but not much sun this week in Denmark

A mixed bag of weather is forecast this week as May continues its chilly start.

Weather: mixed, but not much sun this week in Denmark
Snow near Viborg on Friday May 3rd, 2019. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

After a cold weekend for the time of year, with snow falling in some areas, changeable weather is predicted by national meteorological agency DMI.

Tuesday night could even see some frost, although Thursday will feel much warmer at up to 17 degrees Celsius during the day.

“Generally, we are going into an unstable week with a bit of everything. Sun, rain and clouds. Artic air is moving down across the country, giving a westerly stream of cold air,” DMI meteorologist Anja Bodholdt said.

Monday and Tuesday will be cool with showers.

“The (next) two days will be similar to each other with showers, possible hail and thunder, and some sunny spells. The temperature will be 7-10°C, and we can look forward to a light to moderate westerly wind, which will be stronger on the coast,” Bodholdt said.

The total rainfall will amount to a few millimetres, with the extent varying across the country.

“As always with unstable weather, there will be regional differences, where one region might have rain while another just a few kilometres away stays dry,” the meteorologist said.

Monday and Tuesday night could both see temperatures drop to around freezing point.

“Early Wednesday morning will probably get down to around one or two degrees below zero. A small change will occur during Wednesday. The wind will change and a front from the southwest will bring more rain, but it will also be warmer, between 10-13°C,” Bodholdt said.

The frontal system will leave Denmark again by Thursday.

“There may still be some clouds and rain in the east on Thursday morning, but that will clear up towards the west with sun, which will later spread across the country with temperatures from 12-17 degrees (Celsius),” DMI’s meteorologist said.

Friday is expected to be slightly colder than Thursday with more clouds and rain.

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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.