Monday, 14 December 2015

The Сlimate of Norway

Norway is often regarded as a cold and snow-covered country. Partly this is true, because Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia. However, due to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents, Norway has a friendlier climate. 

Climate of Norway

The climate of Norway shows great variations. From its southernmost point, Lindesnes, to its northernmost, North Cape, there is a span of 13 degrees of latitude, or the same as from Lindesnes to the Mediterranean Sea. Northern Norway demonstrates the largest difference – it has midnight sun in the summer months and no sunshine at all during winter. 

WINTER 

Winter in Norway lasts from December to February. 

Reine fishing village at night with starry sky, Norway

In winter, many regions of Norway transform into a fairy-tale covered in snow. In the inner areas of Troms, Trøndelag and Eastern Norway, temperatures can reach below 40 degrees Celsius. Luckily, it does not happen every winter. The lowest temperature ever measured in Norway is -51.4 degrees Celsius, recorded on January 1, 1886, at Karasjok. 

Aurora Borealis over Blafjellelva RIver in Troms County, Norway

By contrast, the coastal areas have comparatively mild winters with rain and clouds. The highest temperature ever registered during winter, is +18.9 degrees Celsius in Sunndalsøra (Møre og Romsdal) in February. 

SPRING 

Spring in Norway lasts from March to May. A magnificent time when the nature wakes up from its winter sleep. The sun melts the snow and warms the land. 

Norway, Oslo, Sagene

However, the weather can change quickly, especially in the mountains. There may be days when it is snowing, and days when it is warm enough for sunbathing. Spring months can also be very windy. 

In this season, the temperature differences between the southern and northern part of the country are the largest. In early spring the coastal areas of Western Norway usually has the highest mean temperatures, but in May the highest temperatures are usually found in Eastern and Southern Norway. 

Spring in Norway

From May to June, trees and flowers are in blossom and melted water is swelling the waterfalls. Orchards of the Hardangerfjord are in full bloom making the scenery unbelievably beautiful. 

SUMMER 

Summer in Norway lasts from June to August. The weather is the warmest and the days are long.

Norway Summer

Temperatures in July and August can reach +25-30 degrees Celsius. The warmest and most stable weather usually occurs in the southern mountains, including the south coast between Mandal and Oslo. The highest maximum temperature is +35.6 degrees Celsius, recorded on June 20, 1970, at Nesbyen (Buskerud). 

Because of the midnight sun, Northern Norway can enjoy temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Sea temperatures can reach 18 degrees Celsius and higher, making swimming a popular pastime. 

Geiranger, Norway

However, the summer weather can be wet and changeable, especially in Fjord Norway, Trøndelag and Northern Norway. 

FALL 

Fall in Norway lasts from September to November. The landscape is painted in golden and red. The temperature drops slowly through September, making the weather ideal for berry and mushroom picking.

Norway, Autumn

The land areas lose more heat than the sea, and eventually the coastal areas have the highest temperatures, especially the Oslofjord and the coast of Rogaland and Hordaland. 


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