State meteorologists were predicting another spell of bitterly cold temperatures beginning Thursday, down to minus-20C in some areas of southern Norway. Strangely enough, it will be warmer up north.
“It can be quite uncomfortably cold, maybe even dangerously cold for some,” meteorologist Øyvind Johnsen told weather site yr.no. Forecasts called for around minus-14C in Oslo on Friday, minus-16C in Fredrikstad and minus-18C in Kongsberg.
It was due to be even colder in inland areas, with a bone-chilling minus-25 in Trysil and minus-21C in Lillehammer. Mountain ski resorts like Geilo and Hovden were told to brace for minus-17C. In the far north, however, temperatures would be milder along the coast, with minus-7C in Tromsø but minus-20C in inland Kautokeino.
There was little if any fresh snow in the forecast, with the low temperatures blamed on a high pressure system moving in over the country. The extreme cold may cause problems for motorists, trains and the electricity network in southeastern Norway.
The cold weather was due to last through the weekend, making for mighty chilly days during the Silver Jubilee celebrations for King Harald and Queen Sonja, who will be marking 25 years on the throne on Sunday January 17. They include outdoor winter activities on the grounds of the Royal Palace, where snow-making machines have been in action for days to augment the natural snow that finally fell last week.