Southern Norway just experienced its warmest weekend so far this summer, and while Oslo folks frolicked in and around the fjord, meteorologists were reporting that the long-term forecast for the autumn was relatively warm as well.
Ferries running out to the islands off Oslo were packed all day long on Sunday. It was the last weekend before school starts up again, and with temperatures hovering around 25C (77F), the locals clearly longed for at least one more day of summertime sun and fun.
The shoreline around the main island known as Hovedøya was dotted with sunbathers and swimmers, and there was still a lot of life in the small holiday cottages on the islands of Lindøya and Nakholmen. Many were in the water, even late in the afternoon, on what had shaped up as perhaps the best summer day of the season.
Otherwise the summer has been relatively cool with frequent showers. Until last weekend, there had been only one day with temperatures higher than 25C.
On Monday, Norwegian Broadcasting’s weather service yr.no (external link) reported that the cool summer is likely to be followed by a warmer-than-usual autumn.
Areas of Møre og Romsdal in central Norway are expected to see temperatures around a full degree centigrade over the norm, which meteorologists calculate as the average temperature from 1961 to 1990. Temperatures are expected to be a half-degree-centigrade higher in Finnmark in northern Norway, and in Rogaland and Agder in the south.
The rest of the country will be from o.5C to 1C higher than normal, according to prognoses from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, England.
Sunday’s warm weather, meanwhile, gave way to mostly cloudy skies and cooler temps on Monday. Rain was predicted on Tuesday in Oslo and over most of southern Norway, with both sunshine and occasional showers predicted up north.