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Øresund and Great Belt bridges in Denmark reopen as storm winds abate

The Øresund Bridge, which links Denmark and Sweden, reopened on Sunday morning after being forced to close for safety reasons due to strong winds from storm Malik, which is currently battering northern Europe.

Øresund Bridge
Øresund Bridge carries motor and railway traffic and connects Denmark and Sweden.(Photo: Janus Langhorn/imagebank.sweden.se)

However, wind-sensitive vehicles were still advised against crossing the combined highway and railway bridge due to strong winds, Ritzau news agency reported.

The bridge reopened at around 9.10am after closing to all traffic in both directions at 7pm on Saturday with hurricane-force winds reported during the evening and overnight.

The Great Belt Bridge, which connects the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, also reopened for car traffic on Sunday.

It reopened at 10am, after closing at about 9.30pm Saturday night due to the storm.

Funen police said on Twitter that the bridge had been reopened with a 50km/h speed limit in place.

Storm Malik hit Denmark on Saturday afternoon.

Since its arrival, there have been several reports of hurricane-force gusts, with the largest registered in Hanstholm in northwestern Jutland.

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, gusts there measured 40 metres per second on Saturday night, which equates to about 144 kilometres per hour.

On Sunday morning, municipal emergency units association Danske Beredskaber said the focus on Sunday would be rising water levels in several places, especially the fjords.

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Denmark could get ‘last heatwave of the summer’ this weekend

Meteorologists in Denmark have forecasted hot weather in coming days, which they predict will be the last heatwave of the summer.

Denmark could get 'last heatwave of the summer' this weekend

A regional heatwave in the southern part of the country is forecast by the Danish Meteorlogical Institute (DMI).

Regional temperatures could hit 28 degrees, particularly in the south of the country. The hot weather is expected to be the last of the summer.

“Zealand, Lolland Falster and the south of Jutland could get to over 28 degrees (Celsius) in some locations from Friday,” Martin Lindberg, DMI meteorologist, told news wire Ritzau.

A heatwave is defined as a period with average temperatures above 28 degrees on three consecutive days.

“There will of course be high pressure fronts later in the summer and maybe also in September, but they will be shorter and probably not as warm,” Lindberg said.

This year’s summer has been cooler than the average for recent years, albeit with short, hot periods, the meteorologist said.

“It’s a bit odd that it has swung so much this year. It’s remarkable that we, during a relatively cool summer, almost broke heat records like we did in July,” he said.

READ ALSO: Denmark posts hottest July day since 1940s but all-time record holds

A temperature of 35.9 degrees was recorded by DMI on Lolland on July 20th, an all-time record for the month of July. The previous record was from 1975.

Although this year’s summer has been cooler than usual, it has also been dry.

“July was a dry month and we also think August could be very dry,” Lindberg said.

Last month saw a total of 44 millimetres of precipitation. DMI records show the average for the month of July to be 73 millimetres.

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