Danish ferry departures cancelled amid stormy weather

Several ferry departures were cancelled in Denmark on Thursday as meteorologists predicted high winds reaching storm levels in some areas.

Danish ferry departures cancelled amid stormy weather
The Big Air kitesurfing championships take place at Vorupør on Denmark's west coast on Thursday with forecasts predicting strong winds. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

A low-pressure front to the north of Denmark has been cited as the cause of hard winds in west Jutland, as well as on the west coasts of Zealand and Bornholm.

Met agency DMI has issued a severe weather warning for those areas, where gusts of up to 25-30 metres per second could blow. The rest of the country will also see strong winds throughout the day.

Ferry departures between Jutland and Samsø, an island off the east coast of the Danish mainland near Aarhus, are amongst those to have been cancelled due to the bad weather, local broadcaster TV2 Østjylland reported.

Routes connecting North Jutland to Norway and the town of Frederikshavn with island Læsø are amongst others to be affected.

Travellers planning to reach their destinations by ferry on Thursday are advised to stay updated regarding potential cancellations and delays.

Although the high winds are not strong enough to prevent ferries from sailing safely, those forecast on Thursday can make anchoring at harbours difficult, one operator said.

“When for example, DMI [Danish met office, ed.] signals westerly winds of 26 metres per second in Sælvig [Samsø port, ed.], there could be gusts of higher strength than that,” Samsø Rederi’s director Carsten Kruse told TV2 Østjylland.

“There’s a good 20 kilometres across the water in Sælvig. The wind can accelerate there. Even though we have a forecast, the reality is that there is often more strength in the wind across the sea,” Kruse explained.

Meteorological office DMI forecasts the winds to begin in the northwest of Denmark before spreading throughout the country.

Though an actual storm is not forecast, gusts reaching storm strength could occur in a number of locations, DMI said.

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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.