Will Easter bring spring weather to Denmark?

Easter holiday week is set for a sunny start, but it’s not yet time to put warm layers into storage.

Will Easter bring spring weather to Denmark?
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After a wet and windy weekend, the beginning of this week will see much warmer temperatures, once a grey and wet Monday is out of the way.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday could see temperatures nearing 17 degrees Celsius, according to the current 7-day forecast from national meteorologist DMI.

“Loads of sunshine and spring warmth will flow across the country from the southwest” on the second and third days of this week, the agency writes.

Night time temperatures will still bear the bite of winter, however, with 3-8 degrees forecast Tuesday night and 1-6 degrees on Wednesday.

By Thursday, the upturn in the weather will have already seen its peak, at least in the context of the upcoming Easter break.

Wet weather during Thursday morning will be accompanied by temperatures of 6-11 degrees Celsius on the first public holiday of the Easter weekend. Friday will see similar modest temperatures, with some chance of rain later in the day, according to DMI.

That pattern looks likely to continue for much of the weekend, with rain also forecast on Sunday and Monday. DMI describes the forecast for the coming week as “quite certain” but notes that the exact amount of rainfall that can be expected is not clear.

Broadcaster DR’s weather presenter and meteorologist Søren Vallentin Jacobsen said that after a couple of days suitable for short sleeved shirts, the back end of the week will see a cold front from the north “hack a good chunk off the maximum temperatures”.

Although it will be cooler, there will still be some sun, Jacobsen said to DR.

“Ten degrees will still feel nice after all.

“But the real spring-warm weather will probably only be felt for a couple of days,” he 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.