November was warmest in 150 years

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State meteorologists report that unseasonably high temperatures all over the country made last month the warmest November recorded in Norway for around 150 years. Some are beginning to call autumn “the new spring.”

“This year’s month of November was the warmest we have experienced since temperatures started being measured in the 1860s,” Roar Hansen, meteorologist at Storm Weather Center, told newspaper Dagsavisen on Thursday.

Hansen added that the mild weather most Norwegians have been experiencing all autumn has actually been mildest in the far north. “In Troms and Nordland (counties) we’ve had median temperatures several places that are more than five degrees higher than normal,” Hansen told Dagsavisen.

The cities of Tromsø and Bodø also broke their own records for warm temperatures by around one-and-a-half degrees, according to storm.no. In the rest of the country, average temperatures have risen by three to four degrees.

In Bergen it’s been so warm that seeds put out to feed birds have sprouted, reported Dagsavisen. In some areas, there have been other signs of sprouting, and even the appearance of some confused wildflowers.

Last year at this time, temperatures in Oslo were setting records at the other end of the scale, down to minus-24C. By contrast, on Thursday morning, even when it was still dark, temperatures were reported from plus-6-8C (mid- to high 40sF). At Tryvann in the hills above the capital, normally a popular area for skiing at this time of year, the temperature was plus-4C, well over the freezing point.

Southern and southwestern Norway were also being hit by strong winds and rain again, and more storms were predicted following an unusually clear and sunny day on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings were posted for the northwest coast as well, from Stad and north through the county of Møre og Romsdal.

State meteorologist Anne Reistad told news bureau NTB that the worst weather was expected Thursday afternoon. “It’s going to be very stormy, and it’s smart to be careful,” she told NTB.

Lower temperatures were forecast for next week, when winter would make a brief appearance with some snow as well. Meteorologists predicted, though, that the snow would quickly melt away.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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