Torrential rain that poured down for hours on Wednesday left Norway’s capital with flooded cellars, streets and tunnels. Those attending the annual outdoor Øya music festival were drenched.
State meteorologists registered 78.6 millimeters of rain at its weather station on Bygdøy in Oslo. Fully 21.1mm of it fell between 5- and 6pm. The heavy rain also cancelled a professional football match between Stabæk and Aalesund at Nadderud stadium in Bærum Wednesday evening, after referees determined that the field was too saturated for play.
The heavy rain flooded the pedestrian passageway underneath the tracks at the busy Majorstuen T-bane (metro) station but most public transport continued to operate on schedule. “It looks quite dramatic outdoors, but the rain hasn’t caused too many problems for us,” Jan Russtad of Sporveien, which runs Oslo’s tram system, told state broadcaster NRK. “Our operations central reports that everything is under control.”
Meteorologist Sevim Müller told NRK that the low pressure system that brought all the rain over Southern Norway on Wednesday was slowly moving towards the north, although it was raining heavily again in Oslo at around 9pm following a brief let-up. The forecast for Thursday and Friday called for mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures, but more rain was expected on Saturday.