Denmark braces for arrival of latest winter storm

After being buffered by Storm Malik at the end of January and disruptions caused by windy weather this week, a new storm is set to hit Denmark on Friday.

The harbour at Hundested, Denmark photographed during Storm Malik
The harbour at Hundested photographed during Storm Malik in January 2022. A new storm, Nora, is forecast to hit Denmark in the coming days. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Storm Nora is expected to arrive in Denmark on Friday and will affect the country until Saturday morning, the country’s meteorological agency DMI said in a statement on Thursday.

DMI said that Nora will bring a risk of hurricane-strength winds from Friday evening though to Saturday morning.

Hurricane winds are considered strong enough to blow tiles from roofs, snap large branches and fall trees, giving potential disruptions on roads and to rail services.

DMI stated there is a “high probability that bridges may need to be closed for traffic”.

Meteorologist Frank Nielsen from DMI told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that Nora could be stronger than Storm Malik, which hit Denmark in late January.

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Unlike Malik, however, Nora is only expected to last around six hours.

Nielsen said he recommended staying indoors during the night between Friday and Saturday due to the expected rough weather.

Motorists should be alert when using roads throughout the weekend, he also said.

Strong winds across the country on Wednesday night have already resulted in some traffic disruption.

The Great Belt Bridge was closed to “wind-sensitive” vehicles in the early hours of Thursday. That closure was later lifted but a similar warning against travel was still in place on the Øresund Bridge, news wire Ritzau reports.

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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.