Over 20 degrees Celsius on Svalbard

SvalbardSvalbard.Longyearbyen.Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

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It has been measured over 20 degrees Celsius in Longyearbyen on Svalbard for the first time in 41 years, according to the Meteorological Institute.

– 20.0 degrees has been noted so far, says state meteorologist Terje Alsvik Walløe to NTB on the 11 o’clock news, this Saturday morning.

It is extremely rare that temperatures in the 20s are registering so far north. In Longyearbyen, it has only happened once before, according to the meteorologist.

– “That was 41 years ago in 1979. Then it was 21.3 degrees Celsius. We will see if we can break that record later today,” he says.

Today it is over 20 degrees in several places in Finnmark, but the heat is fairly evenly distributed in southern Norway as well.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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