Record April warmest for 100 years

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Further weather figures from the end of last month suggest that this April was the warmest since 1901 in many places, with record temperatures being seen in a number of other parts of Norway.

Flowers have bloomed earlier this year because of the better-than-average weather. PHOTO: Views and News

Earlier reports had already suggested that April could be record-breaking. The month-end figures have now confirmed that the average temperature for April was four degrees higher than the average witnessed between 1961 and 1990. For the regions of Østlandet (southeast Norway), Agder (southwest) and Nord-Norge (central-north), average levels have been the highest since 1901.

Brønnøysund, found on the centre-northwest coast, recorded temperatures as high as 20 degrees Celsius during the Easter period. Meteorologist Jon Smits told news agency NTB that such high temperatures had never been seen so far north so early in the year. Blindern in central Oslo also set a new average temperature record for April that was 1.5 degrees warmer than the previous record set in 2009.

Smits confirmed to NTB that the average temperature in Norway had increased one degree over the past century, stating that “the reason is certainly partly global warming.”

The beginning of May has seen temperatures drop back to more normal levels, which has disappointed many in Norway who had grown accustomed to the summer-like weather during April. North Norway will likely enjoy better weather than the south at points during the coming weeks as a high pressure system moves north.

Views and News staff