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Heavy rain sets new records

It seems like it’s been raining all over western Norway this month, and not only were flood warnings being sent out, old records are on the verge of being broken.

More than a dozen weather stations have logged new records for daily precipitation in July, reports news bureau NTB. Briksdal in the mountains near Stryn broke its record for rainfall within a 24-hour period from 1921, when 66.2 millimeters fell between 8am Wednesday and 8am Thursday.

Vacationing campers have been fleeing soggy campgrounds all over the area known as Vestlandet, with one man from the Netherlands telling Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that “it’s just too wet,” as he folded his tent in pouring rain.

The weekend forecast called for clear skies over most of southern Norway, though, and while the rain isn’t good news for the already beleaguered tourist industry, it does signal lower electricity prices. Reservoirs that fuel Norwegian hydroelectric plants are filling up in the mountains, meaning that electricity rates were already falling this week.

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