High temperatures set new record

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 […]

Warm weather set new summer record

The Norwegian capital of Oslo has never counted so many days with temperatures of more than 20C (nearly 70F) than it did this summer. It could boast 79 official “summer days” in June, July and August, breaking the last record set in 2006, four full days before August will be over. With the warm weather […]

Strong winds hit Østlandet hard

A sudden onslaught of strong winds from the north toppled trees, shut down a major train line and left thousands in southeastern Norway without electricity on Wednesday. A storm at this time of year is unusual, and traffic officials were warning motorists to drive with care. The wind storm caused damage from Folldal in the […]

Storm scared tourists on Lofoten

Neither longtime residents nor ferry operators had ever seen such long lines at local ferry docks late this week, after thousands of tourists frightened by unusually harsh summer weather tried to leave otherwise scenic Lofoten. “It’s a nightmare,” one frustrated truckdriver told state broadcaster NRK after waiting for hours in the queue. Strong winds and […]

Sisters killed by lightning

Flags were flying at half-mast on Monday in the coastal community of Hareid, southwest of Ålesund, after three sisters from Oslo were struck by lightning while climbing to the summit of Melshornet. Two of the sisters, aged 12 and 18, were killed and the third badly injured. All were active in the Oslo sports club […]

Skies cleared for Midsummer Eve

Most Norwegians could bask under sunshine and clear skies for the traditional Midsummer Eve celebrations known as Sankthansaften on Wednesday. The evening holiday that’s often washed out by chilly rain was instead beckoning boaters out on the fjord. Only the northwest coastal areas were due for any rain. “The weather was looking quite nice for […]

Storms stranded holiday motorists

Sudden and severe snowstorms in the mountains of southern Norway were still causing problems on Tuesday as tens of thousands of people tried to head home after the Easter holidays. Many key mountain passes remained closed, others were only open to convoy driving and there were lots of accidents. Slippery conditions on roads that finally […]

Winter returned with a vengeance

A long stretch of springlike weather in southern Norway ended abruptly this week with snowstorms and strong winds, followed by rain at lower elevations. As much as 50 centimeters of snow fell in some areas, setting off all kinds of accidents, especially in the southeast. “It’s been hectic,” operations leader Terje Skaftnes of the eastern […]

Winter storm rages over Northern Norway

Norway’s northernmost region of Finnmark was largely cut off from the rest of the country on Monday after a severe winter storm with strong winds and snow forced the closure of nearly 60 roads including the main E6 highway. By Monday night, the storms had also knocked out power to around 1,600 residents. Kjøllefjord and […]

February freeze turns expensive

Norway’s already record-high electricity rates rose even higher this week as thermometers fell all over the country. Hardly any temperatures above the freezing point have been recorded in recent days, making the winter wonderland not so wonderful after all. Skiers and skaters have been out enjoying one of the coldest winters in years. Some can’t […]