Man struck by lightning at Copenhagen Airport

A man was hit by lightning at Copenhagen Airport during Wednesday night’s thunderstorm.

Man struck by lightning at Copenhagen Airport
A 2004 file photo of a lightning strike over Copenhagen. Photo: Kristian Juul Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix

The 58-year-old man is an employee at the airport, Copenhagen Police duty officer Michael Andersen confirmed.

“(The lightning strike) happened inside the airport perimeter,” Andersen said.

Police were informed of the incident at 10:25pm on Wednesday.

The Copenhagen Airport worker was taken to the city’s Rigshospitalet, where he remained admitted at 3am on Thursday.

“Reports from the hospital say his life is not in danger at the present time,” Andersen said.

Denmark was hit by thunderstorms in several areas throughout Wednesday evening.

“At 10:45 pm, there are thunderstorms in Vallenbæk and Ishøj with 16.8 and 15.4 millimetres of rain respectively,” meteorological agency DMI tweeted.

Over 1,000 bolts of lightning had been recorded by 10pm, newspaper BT reported.

In the Central and West Jutland police district, two buildings caught fire after being hit by lightning during the storm.

Two weather-related traffic incidents on the Holbæk motorway near Copenhagen were also confirmed by West Copenhagen police.

Nobody was injured in the accidents, duty officer Morten Steen 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.