It’s official and hardly comes as a surprise: July 2018 was the warmest on record. The year so far also boasts the highest number of so-called tropenetter, with 40 nights when the temperature did not fall below 20C (69F) in certain areas. That compares to only one in the first seven months of last year.
The state meteorological institute noted that July topped the list of warmth registrations that started being kept in 1900. A cold winter with lots of snow in Southern Norway was followed by an unusually warm May (also the warmest on record) and then a summer like no other, with days on end of warm, dry weather and sunshine.
More rain finally fell around Southern Norway during the last two nights, heavy at times in Oslo, following rain over the weekend as well. It’s more than welcome but still not enough to significantly ease the drought that has dried up farmland, rivers and lakes.
Many Norwegians are also tiring of the warm weather that’s made it difficult to sleep and work in homes and offices that lack air conditioning. It was more than 30C inside one optical boutique in Oslo on Tuesday after its cooling system broke down.