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Monday, July 22, 2024

Unusual warmth enveloped Norway

After a week with the Corona crisis raging, personal freedoms limited and Norwegians fixated on the wildly dramatic presidential election in the US, nothing seemed to be as it should. The feeling was compounded on Friday, when summer-like temperatures were reported in early November.

The seasonally low-lying sun was shining over most of Southern Norway, resulting in thermometer readings of 16C (60F) in Oslo. It was even more bizarre in the mountain of Folldal, known as an especially cold place at this time of year. It reported temperatures of 12.8C on Friday, nearly 30 degrees warmer than on the same day last year. That’s when it was minus-20C.

“These are very high temperatures for this time of year,” meteorologist Eldbjørg Moxnes told state broadcaster NRK. NRK noted that Folldal isn’t only known for extremely cold winters but also chilly summers. Its average temperature in July of this year was just 9.5C.

Moxnes linked the suddenly high temperatures in Southern Norway on Friday to warm air masses combined with a southern wind that also yielded summerly temperatures during the night. It was 15.5C in Otta and a record 17.1C in Drammen.

The forecast heading into the weekend called for more sunshine, after weeks of rain. Temperatures, though, were likely to dip. staff



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