IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

Heavy snow in Denmark in the first two days of December has caused disruption in parts of the country.

An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd.
An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell on Wednesday in North Jutland, resulting in flights being ground and public transport grinding to a halt.

Electric scooters buried under the snow in Aalborg. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Customers and staff at the Aalborg branch of Ikea camped for the night in the store after being snowed in.

Snow on the E45 motorway in Jutland. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Rail traffic across the Great Belt Bridge was meanwhile severely disrupted due to a fallen cable with trains between Odense and Nyborg still not running at the time of writing. They are expected to resume at 8pm Thursday, operator DSB tweeted. Trains were also temporarily suspended between Aarhus and Aalborg.

Snow also hit capital Copenhagen, here seen in Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Snowfall was expected to taper off during Thursday afternoon with most ground snow melting, met agency DMI said according to broadcaster DR.

Snow-covered bicycles in Copenhagen district Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

But more snow or sleet could be on the way on Thursday night, eliciting a risk of icy roads, the agency warned.

Snow at Aalborg’s Mølleparken on Thursday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

North Jutland is again expected to see the coldest weather with temperatures between -8 and -3 degrees Celsius.

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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, 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.