‘Almost too dangerous to go out’: severe cold continues in southern Norway

Extremely cold conditions persist in Norway this week with temperatures under -30°C in many areas.

'Almost too dangerous to go out': severe cold continues in southern Norway
Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

A temperature of -42°C was measured in Hedmark county on Wednesday – the coldest official temperature recorded in the country all winter.

In Hedmark's Tynset municipality, the second coldest official temperature in the country was recorded on at 37.3 degrees below zero.

“The most northern area in the south has the least cloud and lowest temperature,” Per Egil Haga of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute told NRK.

Further south, clouds are taking the most extreme edge away from the cold, but strong winds are causing the air to feel similarly icy.

At the Blåsjø lake in Agder and Rogaland, windchill has resulted in temperatures feeling as cold as -40°C, NRK reports.

“It's almost dangerous to go out in the western mountain areas,” meteorologist Terje Alsvik Walløe told NRK.

Even short periods spent outside in such cold can lead to frost-related injuries and hypothermia, the broadcaster writes.

“Many years can go by without us seeing such cold weather in the south. This is not everyday stuff,” Walløe added.

The extreme conditions are the result of a front from Siberia which is currently the cause of cold weather in southern Norway and large parts of Europe. Media in the United Kingdom have dubbed the weather the “Beast from the East”.

“It will not develop too much. It is a high-pressure system that gives clear winter weather. We will have the same type of weather tomorrow,” Haga said to NRK.

READ ALSO: Temperature in Norway drops to -32.5°C


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.