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Weather: These are the areas of Denmark at risk of flooding

With rising water levels and strong winds, this week’s weather could bring about more flooding in some parts of the country.

Weather: These are the areas of Denmark at risk of flooding
Flooding in Holstebro on Monday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Sunday saw heavy rain and harsh winds with a number of areas flooded. Although the most severe weather had subsided by Monday morning, elevated water levels still present a risk.

West Jutland in particular will be affected by the high-water levels, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) duty manager Klaus Larsen told Politiken.

The area around the Limfjord waterway is expected to be most susceptible to the flooding.

“More and more water is being pumped into the fjord [by high winds, ed.].  The water level around Lemvig will not peak until this afternoon and it will reach 140 centimetres above normal,” Larsen told the newspaper.

Normal water levels are unlikely to return to the area until Tuesday night, he added.

West Jutland will, however, not be alone in experiencing high water, according to the meteorologist.

The Kattegat sea coast will see water levels rise by about 50-80 centimetres, which may impact harbours with very low quaysides such Sletten Harbour at Humlebæk, according to the report.

Despite high water in some areas, this week’s weather will generally not be “as bad as last Monday,” Larsen noted.

But stormy weather on Sunday has already left its mark as the new week begins.

“Large amounts of rainfall mean that canal systems in both Vejle and Kolding have burst their banks, which has resulted in water in the streets. The parking facilities at Billund Airport have also been under water,” Jarl Vagn Hansen, director with regional emergency services, told Ritzau.

The high water is a result of Sunday's southwesterly gales. The strong winds will still be present on Monday but below the strength of Sunday’s gusts.

Windy weather is forecast to continue throughout the week.

The Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen) has warned of “windy bridges, flooded roads and toppled trees”, and advised motorists to check weather forecasts, bridge operators and road authorities locally before setting out.

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Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

Temperatures are set to rise dramatically across Italy this weekend as the country prepares for its first real heatwave of the year, meteorologists said on Friday.

Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

People across Italy are preparing to head to the beach this weekend with unseasonably hot weather predicted to last for several days.

The heatwave is caused by an anticyclone named  ‘Hannibal’ sweeping in from Tunisia and Algeria, bringing hot air currents across the Mediterranean and as far north as Denmark and Poland, reports news agency Ansa.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32-33°C in parts of the Italian north including Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, and Emilia Romagna, before the heatwave expands towards the centre and south of the country over the course of the weekend.

The weather is already 8°C above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Antonio Sanò, founder of the Italian weather site IlMeteo.it, and temperatures could rise by as much as 10°C.

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In a typical year these kinds of highs wouldn’t be seen until July, Sanò said.

The incoming heatwave will be particularly humid as the anticyclone is carrying moisture from the Mediterranean sea, according to IlMeteo.

However, the relative cool of the Mediterranean basin at this time of year will contain the heat and keep the temperatures from rising into the high 30s, as would happen if the same type of weather event occurred in August.

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The heatwave will stretch over the weekend and continue into next week, peaking on Tuesday, according to weather reports.

Patchy thunderstorms typical of midsummer weather are anticipated in the Alps and the Po Valley, while the centre-south is set to experience hot and sunny conditions bar some isolated storms in the mountains of Abruzzo on Sunday.

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