Storm Malik to buffer Denmark on windy weekend

Wind gusts up to hurricane strength could be measured in Denmark this weekend while water levels could rise at a number of locations as a result on Storm Malik.

Windy weather in Swedish city Malmö on Thursday. Denmark could see hurricane strength winds this weekend.
Windy weather in Swedish city Malmö on Thursday. Denmark could see hurricane strength winds this weekend. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/Ritzau Scanpix

Northern and western parts of the country are expected to see the worst of the storm, but strong winds will also be felt in the east on Saturday and Sunday.

“We have pressed the warning button for a storm. That applies to the northwestern part of the country to start with, but these warnings will be updated on an ongoing basis and it is possible they will also apply to other parts of the country,” Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) meteorologist Jesper Eriksen told news wire Ritzau.

The time at which the strongest winds will be felt will vary depending in location in Denmark, but DMI expects the storm to peak between Saturday afternoon and early on Sunday morning.

“But when the wind will culminate is going to vary between regions,” Eriksen said.

Northwestern parts of the country could see wind speeds up to 33-35 metres per second, which is classed as hurricane strength.

That is strong enough to blow tiles from roofs, snap large branches, fall trees and cause rail line blockages.

It may also result in bridges being closed, Eriksen said.

In addition to strong winds, DMI is also likely to issues warnings for high water levels during the weekend, the meteorologist said.

“We are quite sure that problems with high water could occur, including at the Wadden Sea (Vadehavet) and inland waterways. So you should be aware of this if you live in the affected areas,” he said.

The wind is expected to decline later on Sunday according to DMI.

The forthcoming stormy weather is a result of a strong low pressure system moving eastwards across the central part of Scandinavia.

Before storm Malik arrives, the weather on Friday will be clear and sunny in many areas, with wind increasing during the day. Temperatures throughout the weekend will be 2-6 degrees Celsius.

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Sunshine and blue sky have dominated weather reports so far throughout March 2022 and, although the end of the month could bring some cloud, the current month is on course to set a record as the sunniest March in Denmark.

As of Thursday morning, 170 hours of sunshine had been registered in March, leaving it 30 hours short of the existing record of 200 hours, a record that has stood for almost 80 years according to broadcaster DR.

The remaining hours of sunshine look achievable if the forecast for the coming days is anything to go by, according to the broadcaster’s meteorologist Søren Jacobsen.

“With the daylight hours we are having now, we get around 10 hours of sun per day when there are no clouds,” he told DR prior to Thursday, which also saw day-long sunshine.

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The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) measures and records Denmark’s sunshine hours. The sunlight must be of a certain strength for it to count towards the total, but in general, a clear sky across the entire horizon and no clouds are required.

The most sun-drenched March on record in Denmark occurred in 1943, when 200 hours were registered. Second place is 2013 with 189.7 hours.

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