Meteorologists change their mind: Large parts of Norway could get a white Christmas after all!

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The meteorologists now say that large parts of the country could get a white Christmas after all. In Møre og Romsdal, however, a new heat record could be set.

Earlier this week, those hoping for a white Christmas with lots of snow on Christmas Eve had little reason to be optimistic.

The weather has been hot, gray, and wet lately. 

However, according to the Meteorological Institute, that could change soon.

“I must emphasize that this is still uncertain, but if the forecasts materialize, there could be snowfall in large parts of the country on Christmas Eve. It looks pretty good in many places,” state meteorologist Kristin Seter at the Meteorological Institute told news bureau NTB.

Temperatures are falling

This weekend, there will mostly be mild weather in most places in the country, Seter noted. 

But after the weekend, the mild air masses will move away, and it will become cooler throughout Norway.

“It is reasonably certain that the minus degrees will return to Troms and Finnmark after the weekend. Then, the temperatures will continue to decrease throughout the week,” she said.

Temperatures are also falling elsewhere in Southern Norway. Several places could experience snowfall, Seter noted, emphasizing that it is still too early to estimate the weather on Christmas Eve.

“But with the north winds, cool air, and maybe snow showers, it’s looking promising. This is the weather one would like to book for Christmas,” she said.

A heat record in Møre og Romsdal? 

2020 has so far been an exceptionally warm year in Norway. In the first eleven months of the year, the average temperature has been 3.9 degrees, which is 2.2 degrees above normal. The normal is calculated as the average over the thirty years from 1961 to 1990.

In some places in Møre og Romsdal, a dry wind from Southern Europe may set a new heat record in the next few days.

“The mild air can lift the temperatures up to 18 degrees,” Seter explained.

The current heat record for December was set at Sunndalsøra in Møre og Romsdal on December 1, 1998. 

At that time, 18.3 degrees were registered.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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