Gloomy prospects for a white Christmas

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Most Norwegians will just have to keep dreaming about a white Christmas this year, as unusually mild temperatures continue for the next several days. That means more grey and gloomy weather, except in Northern Norway where dreams may come true.

The northern regions of Troms and Finnmark were best positioned for snow over the Christmas holidays that begin in many households on Monday with Lille julaften (Little Christmas Eve). State meteorologists predicted more rain, grey weather and temperatures above the freezing point.

They may rise way above it on Friday and early Saturday, when predictions called for temperatures as high as 13C (57F). “The West Coast will have especially mild weather,” meteorologist Magnus Haukeland told state broadcaster NRK.

Winds from the southeast and an especially warm Europe are to blame for the rise in thermometers that already was prompting some Norwegians to think about having a beer outdoors instead of in front of a fire. It was likely, however, to be a “green Christmas” for the vast majority of Norwegians at low elevations in Norway and especially along the coast.

newsinenglish.no staff