Unpredictable Danish weather set for change on Thursday

A change in weather patterns on Thursday could either bring warm sunshine or cool, rainy days.

Unpredictable Danish weather set for change on Thursday
File photo: Henning Bagger / Ritzau Scanpix

Friday’s Great Prayer Day (Store Bededag) public holiday could therefore be wet or sunny, DMI meteorologist Frank Nielsen said.

“Thursday will bring a marked shift in the weather, as the wind changes direction and will be coming from southeast Europe,” Nielsen said.

“That will bring much warmer air, but unfortunately also more clouds, which may contain rain,” the meteorologist said.

Cool, sunny weather is expected prior to Thursday.

“We will have between 10 and 13 degrees (Celsius) (on Monday), and could see one degree below zero at night,” Nielsen said.

A northerly wind is the source of the current cold, dry air. But some rain is also possible on Monday.

“Showers are possible on Funen and Zealand. The wind will be mild to moderate,” DMI’s forecaster said.

Temperatures will increase on Tuesday and Wednesday to around 14-17°C.

Sun and dry weather are also forecast on those days.

But the arrival of the new weather pattern on Thursday is not a guarantee for colder weather, Nielsen added.

“If things suddenly clear up on Thursday or Friday, it could well be up to 20 degrees (Celsius),” he said.

“But if it is cloudy, the temperature will more likely be around 15 degrees.”

Unpredictable weather is typical in the month of May, according to Nielsen.

“If we look at last year, in which a long drought had already begun in May, this is a much more typical May (in terms of weather),” he 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.