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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sun finally shines in the south

After many days of heavy leaden skies, pouring rain and downright chilly temperatures, residents of southern Norway were ready to get a hint of summer weather. State meteorologists predicted sunshine and much warmer days for the next week.

“It looks very promising for Sørlandet (the southern coast) and Østlandet (eastern Norway),” Rafael Escobar Løvdahl of the state Meteorological Institute in Oslo told weather website . “When we get some warm air masses, the temperature should rise rise from 15C (59F) to 20-25C (as high as 77F) many places.”

Welcome relief
It promised a welcome relief from the dreary and damp days all over southeastern Norway in recent weeks. While Northern Norway has basked in sunshine and its famous Midnight Sun, residents further south have been wearing boots, coats and sweaters even though the calendar has moved into July.

Løvdahl even thinks the long-term weather outlook for the next 10 days is favourable. “Our prognoses are quite in agreement, that the nice weather will stick around,” he said.

Oslo was due to head into a sunny weekend with temperatures of 20C on Friday and Saturday and 24C on Sunday, followed by more sunshine, with some scattered clouds, and temperatures of around 22C through next Friday.

Kongsberg warmest
It was expected to be warmer in Oslo than in the southern coastal city of Kristiansand, where temperatures were predicted to be around 18-20C but with lots of sunshine. Løvdahl linked the good weather to a high pressure system moving in from the British isles.

He predicted it would be warmest in Rena, Kongsberg and Nesbyen, with temperatures of 25C or more. That suggests good weather in the mountains, where it actually snowed just a few days ago.

Western Norway was still due to get some rain, though, as would central Norway, but temperatures would warm up to around 20C. The good weather in the Far North was due to turn grey and much chillier, from recent highs of more than 20C down to 12-13C along the coasts of Troms and Nordland. Eastern Finnmark, though, was expected to remain sunny and warm through the weekend, with showers next week.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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