Warmer weather finally coming to Norway as May begins

The cold spring just got a bit better.

Warmer weather finally coming to Norway as May begins
This cherry blossom in Oslo earlier this month wasn't a trick - spring is finally on its way. Photo: Audun Braastad/NTB scanpix

Weather in Norway could swing from chilly sleet to 20°C (68°F) and sunshine over the next week.

The last few days have seen what has felt felt like the last revenge of winter in many parts of southern Norway, but that is about to get a lot better, according to meteorologists.

A high-pressure zone will arrive over the country during the course of the weekend, and warm, fine weather is likely to last for some time, reports meteorological institute YR.

“The air will get warmer day by day,” TV meteorologist Bente Wahl said on YR’s website.

“I think we will get up to 20 degrees next week. It will really be spring. No doubt about that,” Wahl said.

The high-pressure zone arrived over the northern part of the country on Thursday, resulting in colder nights and warmer days for migrating reindeer in the region – which are being followed live by broadcaster NRK’s cameras.

Lower pressure further south has made it feel like winter has made a comeback – or maybe even never left – in some parts of the country, with snow and storm warnings in the west also hitting more eastern parts at the start of Friday.

“Snow could creep up to the coast, but the prognosis is uncertain,” said Wahl adding that most snow was likely to come between Friday and Saturday.

“Do not change to summer tyres before the weekend,” she told YR.

But the weekend will then see much-improved weather across the country, reports YR, with warmer air and temperatures reaching up to between 15°C and 20°C in some parts, including in the southwestern city of Bergen.

The high pressure is less welcome news for the north, where it will cause snow in the three northernmost counties, Ragnhild Nordhagen of YR’s Tromsø office said on the agency's website.

“Low pressure on Sunday night could cause downpours in Finnmark, Troms and northern Nordland. This will then weaken but there will still be showers in Finnmark and Troms,” he said.

While winter is still “full” in the north, according to Nordhagen, it looks like the south will be enjoying the eagerly-anticipated return of the sun. 




Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.