Residents of Karasjok in Northern Norway shivered through a night of temperatures falling to as low as minus-41.6C. In Tana, farther to the east in Finnmark County, school bus routes were cancelled as the cold snap started spreading south.
The sudden return of winter was forecast on Tuesday, with meteorologists noting that it follows months of unusually warm weather. State meteorologist Anita Ager-Wick predicted several cold days nationwide.
“It’s coldest in Karasjok,” Ager-Wick told state broadcaster NRK on Wednesday morning. Thermometers dipped into double-digits below zero all over Finnmark and Troms, with Kirkenes reporting minus-32C. The cold snap already extended south to Røros in central Norway. By Thursday southern Norway was also told to brace for temperatures down to minus-8-10C, and lower in some areas.
The colder weather was accompanied by clear sunny skies in Oslo on Wednesday but also strong winds that added to the chill fator.