'Heat wave' on the way

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Summer was due to arrive with full force over the upcoming three-day holiday weekend in Norway, at least in the southern part of the country. Temperatures in Oslo were predicted to rise as high as 28C (over 80F), but it wouldn’t be nearly as warm up north.

The wind was howling in Oslo Thursday morning, but the blustery weather was expected to calm down, giving way to sunny skies and the sudden rise in temperatures.

State meteorologists were even predicting what’s referred to as tropedager in Norway, which roughly translates to something like “tropical days” and applies to those when thermometers hit at least 30C.

Warm weather was forecast for both Saturday and Sunday, as a high-pressure system settled over the southern part of the country. That raised the possibility of long days outdoors, at a time of the year when the sun doesn’t set until late in the evening and it never seems to get entirely dark.

It was all great news for Norwegians gearing up for the last three-day weekend of the spring holiday season. Monday is a holiday, in observance of Whitsund, and it’s the last official one until Christmas. Many Norwegians flock to to their summer homes on the coast or in the mountains, meaning traffic out of town was due to be heavy Friday evening.

The weather forecast wasn’t as good north of the mountains called Saltfjellet . The good weather was due to extend as far north as the southern portions of Nordland County, but rain, wind and temperatures below 10C were predicted in northern Nordland, Trøms and Finnmark.

That means the midnight sun likely wouldn’t be shining over the next week or so. Cooler weather also was predicted for southern Norway from Tuesday.