Bulletin: Sunshine returns to Norway

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Heavy and destructive rains continued to pelt down on some areas of southern Norway during the weekend, but state meteorolgists correctly predicted that the sun would reappear on Sunday. It’s expected to shine most of the week, and over most of the country.

Driving around in Norway this summer has often been a wet experience. The sun is due to make a comeback next week, over nearly the entire country. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Driving around in Norway this summer has often been a wet experience. The sun is due to make a comeback next week, over nearly the entire country. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

“It’s not often we can forecast sunshine in such large portions of the country at the same time, but now we can,” meteorologist Marit Helene Jensen told weather news site yr.no.

She was most keen to talk about the clear, sunny skies and temperatures back up around 20C that are predicted from Monday, just when many Norwegians would be heading back to work and school. “The sun will come,” she promised, “but first we have to wade through some more water.”

Neither residents nor tourists were advised to store away their rubber boots and umbrellas yet. Friday and Saturday were expected to bring more heavy rain from Rogaland to Møre og Romsdal along the West Coast, spreading later into Trøndelag, the southern portions of Nordland County and back down on the eastern side of the mountains to Østlandet and Sørlandet. Troms and Finnmark in Northern Norway were due to get occasional showers.

The rain in Vestlandet, southwest Norway, would be torrential, Jensen said, with as much as 50 to 80 millimeters in the course of a day. That will dump more heavy rain on Mannen, the highly unstable mountain in Romsdal that’s been threatening to collapse.

“We hope it falls, but who knows,” Jensen said. “That man is stubborn.”

The latest deluge is due to cease on Sunday afternoon, as a new high-pressure system moves in over Norway. It will arrive in Southern Norway first and then move north.

High-pressure systems usually aren’t big enough to cover the vast expanse of Norway from north to south, but Jensen said this one probably would. “From Sunday afternoon and through the rest of the week, we can’t see any precipitation anywhere in the country,”Jensen said. “Nearly everyone will get fine weather, with the possible exception of some in Northern Norway on Monday evening.”

Temperatures will rise from unusually cold levels this week to around 20C in both the eastern and western portions of Southern Norway, but a bit lower in central Norway.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund