Weather: These are the areas of Denmark at risk of flooding

With rising water levels and strong winds, this week’s weather could bring about more flooding in some parts of the country.

Weather: These are the areas of Denmark at risk of flooding
Flooding in Holstebro on Monday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Sunday saw heavy rain and harsh winds with a number of areas flooded. Although the most severe weather had subsided by Monday morning, elevated water levels still present a risk.

West Jutland in particular will be affected by the high-water levels, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) duty manager Klaus Larsen told Politiken.

The area around the Limfjord waterway is expected to be most susceptible to the flooding.

“More and more water is being pumped into the fjord [by high winds, ed.].  The water level around Lemvig will not peak until this afternoon and it will reach 140 centimetres above normal,” Larsen told the newspaper.

Normal water levels are unlikely to return to the area until Tuesday night, he added.

West Jutland will, however, not be alone in experiencing high water, according to the meteorologist.

The Kattegat sea coast will see water levels rise by about 50-80 centimetres, which may impact harbours with very low quaysides such Sletten Harbour at Humlebæk, according to the report.

Despite high water in some areas, this week’s weather will generally not be “as bad as last Monday,” Larsen noted.

But stormy weather on Sunday has already left its mark as the new week begins.

“Large amounts of rainfall mean that canal systems in both Vejle and Kolding have burst their banks, which has resulted in water in the streets. The parking facilities at Billund Airport have also been under water,” Jarl Vagn Hansen, director with regional emergency services, told Ritzau.

The high water is a result of Sunday's southwesterly gales. The strong winds will still be present on Monday but below the strength of Sunday’s gusts.

Windy weather is forecast to continue throughout the week.

The Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen) has warned of “windy bridges, flooded roads and toppled trees”, and advised motorists to check weather forecasts, bridge operators and road authorities locally before setting out.

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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.