It was the ultimate frustration for sun-starved Norwegians: After a record chilly and wet summer, the sun finally came out just before the weekend and is likely to stay out all week long, just as school got back in session for the autumn term and most people are back at work.
The weather turned gorgeous late last week and at least many were able to enjoy a sunny weekend with temperatures close to perfect: Around 23C all around southern Norway, and relatively warm weather up north as well.
The summery weather came as a gift to some of the last of the large summer music festivals, like Øya and Mela in Oslo. On Sunday, state meteorologists could also report the year’s first trope night, when the temperature didn’t fall below 20C (69F) during the night, and that’s positively tropical by Norwegian standards. The honours went to Tafjord in the mountainous county of Møre og Romsdal in central Norway, where the lowest official temperature of the day and night was 21.4C.
There may be more warm summer nights ahead, according to state meteorologist Eldbjørg Moxnes, who told newspaper Aftenposten that a high pressure system looked set to keep hovering over most of the country throughout the week.