It’s never been so warm in Norway’s coastal town of Arendal in November as it was last month. State meteorologists registered warmth records elsewhere in the country as well, but the average temperature of 8.3C at Arendal’s Torungen Lighthouse was the highest since registration began in 1867.
Other records were set on the island of Utsira off Rogaland, which logged the higest average temperature for 150 years, and in the mountains of Southern Norway, where glaciers have been shrinking for years and some peaks have been described as “melting from within.” Several towns set records as well, with 17.6C in Råde and 16.1C at Blindern in Oslo on November 6. The warmest of all was Tafjord, which logged 18.1C, considered a “summer temperature” in Norway.
Norway as a whole registered the highest November temperatures since 1900, but shared the spot with levels registered in 2011, which also was warm. Meteorologists blamed higher pressure systems over Central Europe and lower pressure systems over Iceland that resulted in mild and wet weather in Norway.