State meteorologists are warning this week against putting winter clothes in storage. After several days of summer-like temperatures, weather fronts moving in from Greenland and Finland are due to collide over Norway and bring winter back by Thursday.
“I hope folks haven’t packed away their down jackets,” state meteorologist Kristian Gislefoss told state broadcaster NRK. “There will be use for them again all over the country.”
Temperatures rose as high as 23.4C (nearly 75F) on Sunday and this week started off warm as well over most of central and southern Norway. “It’s going to completely turn,” Gislefoss predicted, with thermometers beginning to fall on Wednesday and landing at just 5-8C on Thursday and 2-3C at night.
He forecast that cold polar air will first be felt in Northern Norway on the May 1st holiday and then move south. The weather change will bring some rain and possibly sleet or snow as well. “We can’t rule out frost all the way down to the coast,” Gislefoss said, advising that anyone driving over the mountains for a long holiday weekend should still have winter tires on their vehicles. “Up there the precipitation will be white.”