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Rainy Norwegian city gets wet weather every single day in June

Rain has fallen on the southwestern city of Bergen every single day so far in June, threatening a 65-year-old record for consecutive drizzly days.

Rainy Norwegian city gets wet weather every single day in June
Not an uncommon sight in Bergen. File photo: Erik Johansen/NTB scanpix

While other parts of Europe are enjoying record-breaking heat, the Norwegian city is having one of the wettest months in living memory.

Not since 1952 have there been so many rainy days in a row in Bergen during the summer month, reports newspaper Bergens Tidende.

And the unwanted record is likely to be extended further yet, according to meteorologists.

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“It looks as though the rainy weather is going to continue. But the amount of rain that is going to fall each day will vary,” meteorologist Haldis Berge of the Værvarslingen på Vestlandet meteorology office told Bergens Tidende.

Weather enthusiast Robert Næss told the newspaper that though it is not unusual for parts of Norway to see lots of rain in June, the consistent nature of the downpours made the current spell of daily showers remarkable.

“We have only seen this once since the 1850s, and that was in 1952, when it rained every day from the 1st until the 24th of June,” Næss said.

1994 is currently the year with the highest number of rainy June days with a total of 29. Current forecasts suggest that Bergen is likely to beat this record.

The city has seen rain on 134 out of 171 days so far this year.

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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. 

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