Norway Christmas Eve weather: will it be a White Christmas where you are?
Southern Norway will be both a winner and loser in terms of weather this Christmas Eve, before the region receives sunshine as a delayed Christmas present.
The mild weather that has reached across most of the country in recent times will continue until Christmas, giving plus-zero temperatures even in the far north, news agency NTB reports.
Only far northern county Finnmark will see its temperature scale tipping towards minus figures, according to forecasts.
People in Finnmark are set for a white Christmas with a fresh sprinkling of snow, and a few flakes are also likely to fall in mountainous areas of southern Norway.
“In the areas around Hamar and Lillehammer, and generally in the inner regions of Hedmark and Oppland, it will be cold enough for the precipitation to come as snow. There, (snow) will fall on Christmas Eve itself and it will be quite idyllic,” duty meteorologist Charalampos Sarchosidis of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute told NTB.
Although Troms and Finnmark will also have white Christmases, they will not get snowfall on the day itself.
The lowlands of Eastern Norway are set for somewhat more drab Christmas Eve weather.
“It will be grey and wet, especially early in the day, with snow in higher-elevation areas. In Oslo, any precipitation will be rain, but if you go to Frognerseteren [higher-elevation neighbourhood in Oslo, ed.] you could have a white Christmas,” Sarchosidis said.
The western coast could see some showers on Christmas Eve due to a high pressure front, with plus-zero temperatures and low winds in the remainder of the country. The counties of Sør-Trøndelag, Sogn and Fjordane, Møre and Romsdal could all see sunshine.
Once Christmas dinner has been finished, southern Norway can look forward to the best weather.
“There will not be big changes, and it will not be very hot or very cold, but there will be mostly dry weather all over Norway,” Sarchosidis told NTB.
“It looks like Southern and Eastern Norway could get a good deal of sun in the Christmas period, and eventually that will also emerge in Western Norway,” he added.
In the north, the days between Christmas and New Year will bring cloudy weather, but here too it will remain dry.
As we approach the last day of the year, a new weather system will cause temperatures to rise again.
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