South swelters while north freezes

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Rarely have temperature differences between Northern and Southern Norway been more extreme than in the past several days. Snow and sub-zero temps continue to freeze folks from Svalbard to Kirkenes and Tromsø, while those in the southern portions of the country have been enjoying early summer weather.

Saturday could only be described as extraordinary, as temperatues hit nearly 30C in Kongsberg, Notodden and around Krøderen. In Oslo, folks flocked to the ferries running to the islands in the Oslo Fjord, where some even ventured into the still-chilly waters for an early season swim. Newspaper Aftenposten reported long lines of passengers at the ferry terminal in Oslo, with boats running full from 10am until after 4pm.

It was also a “dream day” in the hills and forests surrounding Oslo, with warm temperatures and just a light occasional breeze. The weather was described as “perfect,” with clear blue skies, sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s in Hakadal, and all the way west to Aust-Agder.

The warm weather set off warnings of sudden snow-melt, and the threat of flooding in large portion of west- and central Norway. Flood warnings were up in Hordaland, Sør-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal and Sogn og Fjordane.

There was little hope of snow and ice melting on Svalbard, where temperatures remained around minus-4C despite the Midnight Sun, or in Northern Norway, where thermometers were still in the single digits with snow flurries to boot. staff