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Unusual ‘autumn storm’ on the way

State meteorologists were warning residents of Southern Norway that a low pressure system expected to hit the area on Thursday was developing into extreme weather. They forecast a full-blown “autumn storm” with all the winds and destruction that can entail.

After weeks of unusually high temperatures and no rain until some showers on Sunday night, more surprises are in store. Meteorologists predicted strong and even dangerous winds and heavy rain along the West Coast, in the mountains and in Trøndelag. The rest of the country was advised to batten down the hatches as well.

“This will become really bad weather of the type we’re more used to in the autumn,” Kristin Seter of the state meteorological institute told state broadcaster NRK. Its weather map was full of yellow, orange and red spots warning of strong winds that also are likely to extend far inland from the coast.

Downpours were also in the forecast. “Folks need to be careful and not head out in their boats or on mountain hikes,” Seter warned. “Remove all loose items outdoors, secure any trampolines in gardens and consider taking in your outdoor furniture. Think as if an autumn storm is on the way.”

The storm was due to move north on Friday, bringing the same strong winds and rain with it.

“If this was the autumn, it would be quite ordinary, but this is very unusual at this time of year,” Seter said. “What worries us is that folks won’t be prepared for what’s coming. We’ve had very nice weather in the area for a long time, folks have a lot of things outdoors in the garden and on balconies, and there are a lot of outdoor festivals going on. Everyone needs to be careful.” staff



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