Temperatures in September were some of the warmest in Norway for years, with the month ending up as the sixth warmest for more than 100 years.
Autumn is finally firming its grip on the country after summer extended well into September, with thermometers up around 20C (nearly 70F) in many areas. Temperatures turned chilly in the last week of the month, but until then, meteorologists confirmed this week that they were, on average, two full degrees higher than normal.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that in the northern counties of Troms and Finnmark, temperatures were nearly four degrees above normal, while in Oslo they were 1.2 degrees higher than average.
According to the state meteorologic institute, September was the sixth warmest since 1900 for the country as a whole. Vardø in the Finnmark logged the greatest extremes. The northern city is the only one in Europe to be in the official Arctic climate zone, but average temperatures of a relatively balmy 10C in September (50F) were 3.4 degrees higher than normal and warmer than it normally is in Vardø in the middle of summer.