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/

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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Is Denmark having its sunniest March ever?

March is not a month famous for sunshine and mild temperatures in Denmark, but the current month has broken with that reputation and could set new records.

Is Denmark having its sunniest March ever?

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.

March normally gets 138.4 hours of sunshine, according to DR. The figure is based on the average for the past 10 years.

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.

In 2020, Denmark got 182 hours of sun, placing that year 6th on the current list. The country was locked down due to Covid-19 from March 11th through the end of the month.