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What will the weather in Norway be like in August? 

Record heatwaves which have blanketed most of Europe this summer have mostly avoided Norway, but will August bring warmer weather, or will it be a washout? 

Will it be beach weather in Norway in August or time to dig out the raincoat? Pictured is a Norwegian beach.
Will it be beach weather in Norway in August or time to dig out the raincoat? Pictured is a Norwegian beach.Photo by Johny Goerend on Unsplash

Much of Europe has experienced record heat already this summer. While Norway has certainly had some decent weather at times, much of the heatwave that blanketed the continent has avoided the Nordic country. 

“This (summer) will probably be experienced as a wetter and cooler summer than is normal,” meteorologist Beathe Tveita from Storm Geo told Norwegian broadcaster TV2 when asked to sum up the weather so far this summer. 

So, will August be any better, or will it be more of the same? Unfortunately, it looks to be the latter, according to the meteorologist. 

“There may be a period of slightly nicer weather in August, but how many days there will be, how nice and in which parts of the country, it is difficult to say now,” she said. However, she predicted the best weather might come when the summer holidays end in mid-August. 

Generally speaking, southern Norway is expected to get the best weather, while it will be wetter on the west coast and in the north. 

Currently, forecasters are having difficulty determining how the month will start, given the small amounts of low-pressure present. 

“In the forecasts, no high pressure builds up. Right now, there is some small low-pressure present, but it is too early to say how much will come of it,” State meteorologist Aslaug Skålevik Valved at the Meteorological Institute told newswire NTB. 

There is some good news for those who have had a wet summer so far, as Erik Kolstad, a climate researcher at the Norce and Bjerknes centres, has forecasted areas with a lot of recent rain will get warmer. 

“It looks like it will get a little warmer in the places where it has been wet in the country. The temperature rises a little there in August,” he told tabloid paper Dagbladet

And overall, it may be a warmer month than typical altogether when comparing monthly averages across the country. 

“It is hard to say. When we warn far in advance, we look at the average for the month. But compared to a normal August, it is likely to be warmer than normal,” Kolstad said. 

However, he added that this might mean more rain too. 

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Flood and high wind warnings issued for parts of Norway

From Wednesday morning, strong winds are expected in major parts of Norway - from Trøndelag in the north to Rogaland in the south. A flood warning has been issued for Vestland. 

Flood and high wind warnings issued for parts of Norway

It seems Autumn weather is taking a grip on Norway.

Parts of Eastern Norway and Southern Norway are already affected by bad weather, and strong winds might affect power supply and access to roads in the next few days. 

The varsom.no weather service issued a weather warning on Tuesday, stating that strong gusts of wind are expected in parts of Trøndelag, Møre-og Romsdal, Vestland, and Rogaland. 

According to the service, the gusts of wind can reach a speed of 126km/h.

Photo: Varsom.no weather service

Buildings and infrastructure at risk

Unsecured objects may be swept away by the wind or blown over, putting buildings and infrastructure at risk of damage.

“If you have not yet secured your assets, there is still time to do so,” damage prevention officer Therese Nielsen at Fremtind, the insurance company for SpareBank 1 and DNB, stated in a press release on Tuesday. 

“Tie down all loose belongings or move them inside your home if you can. Moor boats, and don’t forget (to secure) the trampoline in the garden,” Hofstad-Nielsen added.  

Aside from the strong winds, there is also a risk of flooding in Vestland.

“If you are exposed to flooding risk, there are several measures you can take. You must ensure that drains and drainage basins are open and that the water can flow freely through them. You should also empty the basement or get things off the floor,” she accentuated.

As a homeowner in Norway, you must take preventive measures against damage that may occur where you live. 

According to the law, everything insured against fire is also insured against natural damage, but as a homeowner, you have to take some measures. 

“Follow messages from local authorities, weather forecasts, and the news. You can also follow along at varsom.no. The color-coded system will tell you how serious the flood is expected to be,” Hofstad-Nielsen concluded.

Tips on securing assets from bad weather

She also included her top tips on how to secure assets from bad weather: 

1. Get all of your loose belongings in the house. If you’re unable to do that, try to secure them with ropes. 

2. Secure the trampoline so that it is not swept away by strong winds in the storm.  

3. Check and reinforce moorings. If necessary, move the boat to another location that is not so exposed to the expected winds. 

4. Check that there are no loose roof tiles. Clean your gutters, remove leaves, and the like. If the house has a flat roof, all drains MUST be open.  

5. Close all windows – also in basements and attics. Look for opportunities to divert surface water away from buildings.  

6. Think about where you park your car. Keep it away from large trees and the like.   

7. Take care of yourself and others. Prioritize personal safety over protecting valuables. 

8. Make sure that drains and drainage basins are open. 

9. If there is a risk of water entering your basement or garage, lift objects off the floor. Put things on shelves, racks, and plastic boxes that can withstand water.

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