On the way to becoming the coldest July at several places in almost 30 years

Summer 2020, LofotenReine.Kjerkfjorden.Summer 2020, Lofoten.Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / NTB scanpix

In multiple cities in the country, the average temperature for July has not been this low since the 1990’s, anid in southern Norway and Trøndelag the cold and wet weather will continue. 

There has been plenty of unstable weather and gray Norwegian summer weather recently. Many are experiencing the last week to be rather cold. 

-” Cold western weather has led to cooler temperatures and varying summer weather over large parts of southern Norway in July.”, the state’s Meteorologist, Rannveig Oftedal Eikill, said to NTB.

In the coming days a new dose of cool air will come over large portions of southern Norway and Trøndelag. 

Lowest average temperature since the 90’s

State meteorologist Gunar Livik, said to NTB that if the temperatures continue to stay low in the coming days, it can be the lowest average temperature since the 1990’s in multiple cities.

-” In Oslo, we have to go back to 1993, Bergen 1996, and Trondheim all the way back to 1962 to find a similar level of low average temperature.”, explains Livik, who also points out that there are still a few days before the month is over. 

-” The trend nevertheless confirms what many have noticed, that we got a clear change in weather at the turn of the month June/July, and that July has been a cold month with a lot of unstable weather. 

Heavy rain in the north

Northern Norway has been luckier with their average temperature in July. According to the meteorologist Eikill. Vacationers at Finnmarksvidda, on the other hand, should pack both shorts and a raincoat. 

-” At Trøms and Finnmark they have had 13 degrees at Hammerfest all the way to 27 degrees at southeast Finnmark. Here, however, a yellow warning has been announced, torrential rain and a number of thunderstorms later on Wednesday.”, says Ekill.

-” Otherwise there will be gray summer weather in Norway this week, with some changing weather and rain showers all over the country. 

Oslo has so far had only 14.7 degrees for the month of July. The capital has not had a low average temperature since 1993. Bergen has, up til now, 12.8 degrees in average for July, which is the lowest since 1996.

Trondheim currently has 12.1 degrees on average this July. Not since 1993 have they had a lower average temperature for July, that time at 11.8 degrees.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


1 Comment on "On the way to becoming the coldest July at several places in almost 30 years"

  1. The 2004 feature film The Day After Tomorrow – *excellent* film – postulated that warmer temperatures in the Arctic would reduce the temperature differential between lower, hot latitudes and thus reduce the motivation of the Atlantic Current which brings warm water up to Northern Europe and keeps us warm. The result being extreme, sudden low temperatures and even more extreme – even more extreme, extra-terrestrial “polar vortex” temperature – snow and subthermal storms.

    From an 11 April 2018 Forbes article by Eric Mack about the science behind the movie:

    “The widely panned film centers around an abrupt collapse of something called the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) brought on by climate change. As a result, within hours intense storms and weather wreck major cities and much of the northern hemisphere is left frozen in an apparent instant coming of a new ice age.”

    “If we do not rapidly stop global warming, we must expect a further long-term slowdown of the Atlantic overturning,” explains Alexander Robinson of the University of Madrid, who co-authored the PIK study. “We are only beginning to understand the consequences of this unprecedented process – but they might be disruptive.”

    “The scientific view of The Day After Tomorrow is still that it’s absurd, but the latest science is also showing that the ideas and predictions underlying it were real, and they could soon make absurd-seeming weather extremes a little more commonplace.”

    So, Norway Today, is this abnormal cold-snap weather due to the slow-down of the Atlantic Current? Someone at the University or in Norway’s weather agencies should know.

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