State meteorologists are predicting some of the strongest gusts of wind in a decade off the southwestern cast of Norway this weekend. Several ferry routes between Norway and Denmark have already been cancelled.
Winds were expected to be especially strong from Agder, through inner Rogaland and up to Hordaland. No major rain was in the forecast, rather “extremely powerful wind gusts” of up to 36m/s from Friday afternoon.
That prompted the meteorological institute to post “orange” warnings, just one notch below a red alert. “There’s a high-pressure system farther north and a low-pressure system coming in from the south that will give us strong winds from the east,” state meteorologist Anne Solveig Andersen told state broadcaster NRK.
She and others advised against trips to the mountains of southern Norway because of the strong winds that may be accompanied by snow at high elevations. “There will be regional differences, but we’re advising people to be very careful about heading outdoors,” Andersen said.
Color Line cancelled all its departures from Larvik and Kristiansand to Hirtshals in Denmark until Sunday. Fjord Line cancelled its departure from Hirtshals to Kristiansand Thursday evening and the return Friday morning.