Norway’s national cancer association (Kreftforeningen) was once against warning everyone heading outdoors to enjoy spring skiing during the Easter holidays to use sun block creams and dark sunglasses. Weather forecasts in Southern Norway were predicting temperatures as high as 15C in some areas.
“In the mountains of Southern Norway, the Easter sun can be intense,” Bjørn Johnsen of Statens strålevern (Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority) told news bureau NTB. “It’s also important to protect yourself when it’s a bit overcast and even snowing. Sometimes that can yield stronger radiation than in clear weather.”
The week beginning with Palm Sunday, when schools are closed and most businesses close from Thursday through Monday, was due to start off with unusually warm weather in Southern and Eastern Norway. Northern Norway was also due for some sunshine, but much colder temperatures and wind.
The West Coast up to Trøndelag and Nordland were also due for mild temperatures but rain as well. Colder weather was due to set in later in the week, with even the possibility of more snow as Easter approaches.
Anne Lise Ryel, secretary general of the cancer association, said Norwegians spending most of their Easter holidays outdoors don’t need to avoid the sun but “be generous with sun cream and blockers, with minimum factor 15,” she said. “That applies for everyone in all ages.”