Torrential rain expected across southern and western Denmark

Heavy rain is forecast on Tuesday evening, particularly in western Jutland and the south of the country.

Torrential rain expected across southern and western Denmark
Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

Beginning around 6pm, heavy rain is expected to spread across most of the country throughout the night, DR reports.

Up to 30 millimetres is expected to fall in the southwest overnight, according to the report, although the rest of the country can expect to see a more moderate 5-12 millimetres over the course of 24 hours.

The news will be well received in some parts, given that hot and dry recent weather has given a current rating of 8.1 out of 10 on the national drought index.

A low-pressure front coming towards Denmark from northern England is the reason for the incoming wet weather. Winds approaching storm force can also be expected.

Meteorological agency DMI has issued a heavy rainfall warning for West Jutland and South Jutland. Such warnings are issued when 30 millimetres of rain are expected within 24 hours.

Local downpours – when over 15 millimetres falls in 30 minutes – have also been warned of for the rest of Jutland as well as Funen.

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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.