The blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures that have hovered over much of southern Norway during the start of the Easter holidays are due to abruptly come to an end later this week. Rain and wind are on the way.
“We can cancel a brilliant Easter east of the mountains when the actual holidays arrive,” state meteorologist Terje Alsvik Walløe told weather website yr.no on Monday afternoon. “We’ll have a standard Easter instead, if even that.”
As soon as legal holidays set in, when all public offices and most businesses will close from Thursday through Monday, stong winds from the south will start blowing. The last “good weather” day of the week, Walløe predicts, will be Wednesday, when most of the entire country is due to bask under clear skies and sunshine, including the west coast which already has had grey weather and rain.
After that, the good weather will be over. “When the sønnavind arrives, we won’t have any more mountains to hide behind or in,” Walløe told yr.no. No major storms are in the forecast, he stressed, just not perfect påske (Easter) weather.
Higher temperatures will also arrive in the mountains, so the meteorologists were warning that ski trips planned for Thursday and Friday may be rained out. At the very least, they cautioned skiers setting off on long treks to check local forecasts, have a compass and dress well to ward off wetness.
Most of the rain was due in southern Norway, with less in mid-Norway and drier in Northern Norway with wind in the mountains. Finnmarksvidda wasn’t expected to have much precipitation, with some periods of sunshine.