Denmark set for breather as heatwave eases

The last few days in Denmark have seen thousands flock to beaches during their annual leave as clear skies and strong sun heat up the Scandinavian country.

Denmark set for breather as heatwave eases
Aalborg in the heatwave. Photo: Henning Bagger / Ritzau Scanpix

But the hot weather is forecast to be replaced by more typical Danish summer conditions this weekend, national meteorology agency DMI forecasts.

“Friday will continue in the same vein (as previous hot days) but the weekend’s weather will be a mixed bag. You can say that today is the peak,” DMI meteorologist Frank Nielsen said Friday morning.

After temperatures between 25-30 degrees Celsius in most of the country and exceeding 30°C in some locations on Friday, a cool easterly wind is set to freshen things up.

“(The wind) will result in a drop in temperature in most of the country. It will still be warm and summery, but not the sort of heatwave we’ve been having,” Nielsen said.

Saturday’s temperature could range between 20-27°C, with coastal areas with onshore winds feeling coolest.

The day will begin with sunshine, but some showers could move south from Sweden later on.

On Sunday, the chance of rain or thunder is set to increase, although it is currently difficult to forecast which specific areas will see wet weather, Nielsen said.

“We can look at this as the beginning of an unstable period. The next week could turn out in lots of different ways,” he said.

“There is cold air northeast of Denmark with more humid heat flowing up from the continent at the same time. That could have a major impact wither way,” the meteorologist explained.

People in Denmark should keep their bathing gear out for now, however, with temperatures expected to remain warm despite the presence of more clouds in the sky.

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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.