27 degrees: Denmark set for weekend summer return

Summer weather is forecast to return to Denmark this weekend with temperatures reaching up to 27 degrees.

27 degrees: Denmark set for weekend summer return
People sunbathing in Copenhagen earlier this summer. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

DMI meteorologist Lars Henriksen confirmed the forecast on Friday.

“Friday will start a little cloudy in some places, but that will loosen up during the day and there will be a fair amount of sun in the eastern part of the country,” Henriksen said.

Friday’s temperatures will range between 18-23 degrees Celsius in most places, but could hit 25 °C in the southeast – thereby fulfilling the definition of a ‘summer’s day’.

The northwest may see some rain, but the remainder of the country will stay dry.

Saturday and Sunday are set to be even more summery, Henriksen said.

“The beginning of Saturday could be cloudy, but that will clear up quickly and there will be lots of sun and 22-25 degrees. The west may see up to 27 degrees (Celsius),” he said.

Those kinds of temperatures are also predicted to continue on Sunday.

A high pressure front to the east of Denmark is responsible for the uptick in temperature into the late summer, Henriksen added. Eastern coasts will therefore feel a little cooler due to an onshore breeze.

But the warm weather is set to continue well into next week, the meteorologist added.

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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.