Flood warnings posted for the south

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Heavy rains were predicted for Wednesday, with so much precipitation expected that state officials posted flood warnings for large areas of southern Norway.

“There will come worrisome amounts of rain during a 24-hour period,” state meteorologist Per Egil Haga told weather site yr.no.

Haga thinks it’s “worrisome” because it’s already been raining a lot in recent weeks, many creeks and rivers are full and more heavy rain can set off landslides.

A heavy weather system was moving in over southern Norway from the west and would continue to move eastwards, he said. Rains could become torrential during the day on Wednesday, and he predicted they would last for hours on end.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to subside until late in the evening or during the night,” he said. In eastern Norway, he predicted the rains would continue into Thursday morning.

The flood warnings applied to Rogaland, Vest- and Aust-Agder, Telemark, Buskerud, Vestfold, Oslo and Akershus counties. It will also “be wet all the way to Sogn og Fjordane,” he said.

Skies were expected to clear late in the week, however, and the outlook for the weekend was for sunshine and clear skies.

Views and News staff