Parts of southern and eastern Norway were drenched in torrential downpours on Monday, while in the north Troms enjoyed hotter temperatures than Mallorca. Meteorologists predicted the whole country would be basking under blue skies by the end of the week.
Flood warnings were issued in large parts of the country’s south, with heavy rain across Østfold, Oslo, Akershus, Buskerud and Vestfold, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). On Monday afternoon, state meteorologist Terje Alsvik Walløe said the cold front was headed north towards Hedmark, Oppland and Trøndelag throughout the evening.
“The cold front has passed Oslo, so the worst should be over there, but short and heavy rainfall may come even though the front has passed,” he said, warning the rain was expected to move south again on Tuesday. “Tomorrow afternoon the rain will stay inland. Otherwise in Østlandet there will be a mix of sun and rain.”
Nina Larsgård from the Meteorological Institute said the conditions were nothing like the freak storms that battered Oslo in late June, but Monday’s rain was heavy enough to issue warnings. She said the downpour Norway’s west received did not prompt warnings, largely because residents there were more used to wet weather.
Meanwhile, northern Norwegians sweltered across Troms and Finnmark. Temperatures were forecast to reach 30 degrees Celsius in parts of the two counties, while several people were treated for heatstroke in Trøndelag over the weekend. One Troms hotellier told NRK a Finnish tourist refused to stay in his traditional waterside fishing huts, called rorbua, because they didn’t have air conditioning.
Larsgård said a warm front would move westwards during Tuesday, bringing warmer temperatures to the south as well as thunderstorms in Østlandet and Telemark. “From Wednesday the fronts will have passed, and we can expect much better and warmer weather,” she said. “The temperatures will rise up towards 25 to 27 degrees in Østlandet. It’s going to be hot throughout the whole country.”