After a chilly weekend and a fair amount of rain, Southern Norway was joining the north in welcoming summer weather this week. It’s expected to last at least through the upcoming pinse holiday weekend.
Thermometers were already rising from Kristiansand in the south to Kirkenes in the north. “Many places will be well over 15C (60F),” state meteorologist Rune Skoglund told newspaper Aftenposten. On Monday, temperatures around Oslo climbed to around 20C (nearly 70F) and weather forecasts call for the same pretty much through Monday.
State broadcaster NRK showed weather maps Monday evening featuring big suns and no clouds all along the coast next weekend. Others, though, are hoping the weather won’t get so warm that it sets off rapid snowmelt that can lead to flooding. Snow depths in the mountains of Southern Norway haven’t been so high in 60 years, and there’s even more snow in Northern Norway, all the way down to the coast.
That’s set off high flood alerts, with residents in low-lying areas and along rivers warned to move trailers, farm equipment and other valuables, while making sure all drains and gutters are free of leaves and other debris. Valuables in cellars should also be secured.