After a record wet June, most of Norway headed into one of the warmest and dryest months of July on record, especially in southern and southeastern Norway (Sørlandet and Østlandet). It’s been mighty warm up north, too, and the early August forecast called for more summery weather.
The temperature in the far northern city of Kirkenes was once again just as warm if not warmer than in the Canary Islands this week, at 26C (77F). In the southern part of the country, around Oslo, temperatures were around 2.2 degrees higher than normal, according to researchers at the state meteorological institute.
Moreover, with the exception of the past few days, the rain seemed to stop in July after pouring most of June at the end of a long and cold spring. “We have to go back seven years to find an equally dry month of July,” weather statistician Bernt Lie told newspaper Aftenposten this week.
July in Norway this year also had five times as many “high summer days,” when the maximum temperature was at least 25C, than in 2006, the country’s last relatively warm and dry summer.
The southern county of Aust-Agder, meanwhile, could claim the country’s highest official temperature during the last two weeks of July. It was 33.4C (92F) in Byglandsfjord-Neset on Sunday July 21, which also was the highest temperature recorded in the area for 150 years.
Oslo residents were told to brace for thunderstorms over the weekend, but temperatures were expected to remain high, at around 25C, with more sun expected early next week.