Norway could soon feel warmer with respite from cold forecast

Shivers could give way to an early taste of Spring in some parts of Norway next week.

Norway could soon feel warmer with respite from cold forecast
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Temperatures above freezing are forecast in several parts of the country, newspaper VG reports.

Parts of the east and south have moved into single-digit minus temperatures in recent days and mild winter weather is expected next week after an extended cold spell.

“As prognoses are now, there will be… more wind and rain towards the west and it will be a good deal milder. The inner part of the east will probably be colder, but it won’t be as cold as it has been,” meteorologist Håvard Thorset told the paper.

Meteorological agency Yr has predicted mild temperatures in several cities, including up to 6-7 degrees Celsius in Stavanger, Bergen and Kristiansand by next weekend, with around 3 degrees in Oslo.

An exceptionally cold January in Norway followed one of the warmest months of December in recent decades.

“Neither December nor January were entirely normal,” Thorset told VG.

A mild and wet December with temperatures 7-8 degrees above normal in some areas was followed by the coldest January since 2010, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Although March is now within sight, next week’s milder temperatures are not necessarily here to stay, according to VG’s weather report.

“We are heading into a period which statistically gets warmer and warmer, but each winter varies a lot,” Thorset 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.