It’s not common for Norwegians to be enjoying warm, summerlike weather in September, but many residents of southern Norway are still walking around in shorts and eating meals outdoors. A temperature reading of 28.6C (around 85F) in Drammen on Wednesday broke records as the warmest September day in 20 years.
A total of 11 weather stations in southern and southeastern Norway have set records so far in September. They included Landvik in Agder, where thermometers rose to 28.3C. Iselin Skjervagen of the state meteorological institute told news bureau NTB that climate change is making autum much warmer. She doesn’t think this week’s warmth records will last long, either, although cooler weather is on the way.
Southern Norway is also unusually dry at present, with forest fire warnings posted from the mountains to coastal areas. While it’s been cold and rainy in Northern Norway for weeks on end, Southern Norway as been affected by warm air masses from Southern Europe, with little if any rain in the forecast.