Summer weather set to return to southern Norway: forecast

Temperatures could reach up to 30 degrees Celsius in Norway this week, according to weather forecasts.

Summer weather set to return to southern Norway: forecast
Stavanger in sunny weather earlier this month. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Outlooks from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute suggest the south of the country could see some of the warmest weather yet this year over the next week.

“It will be warm all week with (temperatures) between 25 and 30 degrees. A mixture of generally a lot of sun and a high pressure zone coming west from the British Isles will ensure the summer weather continues,” meteorologist Rafael Escobar Løvdahl told newspaper Dagbladet.

The warm weather is likely to shine on counties Telemark and Buskerud, the newspaper writes.

“It’s difficult to say exactly for how long the good weather will last,” Løvdahl said to Dagbladet.

But the next few days are sure of warm temperatures, he added.

A low pressure area means the north of the country will be a little cooler.

Northern counties Nordland and Troms can expect wind, rain and temperatures between five and ten degrees Celsius.

“In northern Norway the best weather will be in eastern Finnmark [county] and Finnmarksvidda [region]. Low pressure is forecast there and temperatures could by as high as 20 degrees,” Løvdahl told news agency NTB.

They sunny, dry weather in the south does however mean that risk of forest fires remains high, the meteorologist also said.

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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.