The sunny skies and warm temperatures that seemed to suddenly thrust much of southern Norway into summer this week were “too good to last,” according to state meteorologists. The highs of up to 25C (77F) in Sigdal, for example, have topped out and cooler, overcast weather was moving in.
While Northern Norway continued to shiver in sleet and snow, the south was basking in unusually warm weather. “We’ve been hit by warm, dry air,” state meteorologist Børje Johansson told newspaper Aftenposten, “so warm that the breeze feels good.” The summery weather began late last week, extended through the weekend and was still luring folks outdoors on Wednesday. Lawns and gardens seemed to turn green overnight, tulips began blooming and trees were full of blossoms.
Johansson reported, though, that thermometers “topped out” on Tuesday and forecasts called for overcast skies, perhaps a bit of rain and temperatures not much higher than 10C (50F) during the weekend. Meteorologists stressed that rain should actually be welcome, because several weeks with little if any precipitation have resulted in forest and brush fire warnings posted around the Oslo area and beyond.