Norwegians hoping for a white Christmas are set to be disappointed, meteorologists have said. Instead, lowland Norway is set for torrential rain on Christmas Eve, with storms and temperatures well above average for the time of year.
The east of the country will see the worst of the storms, while northern Norway will get away more lightly.
“There’s a heavy low pressure area to the north of Scotland, and that will lead to a lot of wind across the whole country. There will be storms on the coast and in the mountains in western Norway and eastern Norway. There will also be a bit of wind north of the Stad peninsula [on the east coast, north of Bergen], but not as much,” state meteorologist Marianne Foss said.
The Norwegian Meteorological Institute is issuing a number of warnings, although out is not classing the weather as ‘extreme’.
“Locally there will be very strong winds and a lot of rain,” Foss said.
In the Agder, Telemark, Østfold, Vestfold, Buskerud, Oppland and Hedmark regions there are warnings of stormy weather in the mountains and along the coast from Monday night, with wind speeds of up to 22 meters per second.
Rogaland is expected to be stormy on Christmas Eve, with winds of up to 25 metres per second. Parts of Hordaland, Sogn and Fjordane, as well as mountainous areas of Hedmark and Oppland will experience similar conditions.
“In addition, there are very many vulnerable places in Møre and Romsdal that could get stormy.”
There will be a lot of rainfall throughout southern Norway, although less in the north of the country. Rain will be heaviest in Rogaland and Agder - up to 50 millimeters is possible. Rain and snow is expected from Monday evening and throughout the day on Christmas Eve.
“The temperature will rise during the day and will get above freezing for almost the whole country south of Stad and Dovre. The precipitation will fall as rain below approximately 1,000 feet south of Nordland. In northern parts of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark there will be sleet and snow.”