That normally wouldn’t prompt headlines in Norway, but it was grabbing them on national websites Tuesday morning, and even with exclamation marks. It’s not a normal summer, but residents of Vestlandet were rejoicing.
State broadcaster NRK was among those reporting that some “substantial” amounts of rain would be falling along the coast south of the Stad peninsula that forms the West Cape. As much as 30 millimeters of rain was expected in Florø, with Bergen and Stavanger getting some as well.
Hopes were even rising that more rain would fall later in the week, maybe even in the parched areas known as Østafjells, east of the mountains in southern Norway. Trøndelag and areas north would also get some rain, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.
“There’s a front that moved in so we’ve had some rain,” state meteorologist Eldbjørg Moxnes told NRK’s weather service yr.no. It didn’t hang around long, she noted, predicting drier days heading into the weekend, but it was enough that “folks will mark a difference.”
Meteorologists were also reporting a 40-80 percent chance of rain this weekend in the southern mountains and drought-plagued counties in and around Oslo in the southeast. They were otherwise predicting more warm and dry weather through the week.