It’s highly unusual when the weather forecast charts for most of Norway are covered by suns, with the exception of some clouds in the far north. State meteorologists, however, were predicting a sunny week ahead when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians took off Friday for traditional Easter holidays.
Schools are closed until the Tuesday after Easter, and the three official Easter holidays wrapped around next weekend prompt those who can, to take 10 days off in a row. Many still head for holiday cabins in the mountains, for the last skiing of the season.
Meteorologists think spring skiing conditions at high elevations will remain good even though the Easter holidays are falling late this year. Thermometers are expected to still fall well below the freezing point at night, preserving snow and ski trails.
“This winter was mild and gave us less snow than normal in Southern Norway,” hydrologist Heidi Bache Stranden at Norway’s state energy directorate NVE told news bureau NTB. “But in Troms, Nordland and parts of Finnmark there’s been more snow than normal.” Even the hills around Oslo still have snow, with more than half a meter at Brunvollen, a popular lodge in the capital’s western hills of Bærum.
It’s also been cold in Oslo this past week, with freezing temperatures at night lasting well into the morning hours. Strong winds have also kept the Oslo metropolitan area cold and dry, with the sunny if chilly spring weather due to extend through most of the week.