Warmest winter in Norway in 120 years


The winter of 2019/2020 in Norway has been the warmest measured in the country since the measurements began 120 years ago.

The winter was 4.5 degrees warmer than normal, thus becoming the mildest since the Meteorological Institute started the measurements in 1900. This winter also became the second wettest.

All regions outside Northern Norway set the record for the warmest winter season.

The Ytterøy lighthouse in Vestland set its record for the highest average temperature in a winter season of 6 degrees. The old record was from the 2013/2014 season, when Svinøy in Møre og Romsdal averaged 5.7 degrees.

The highest maximum temperature this season was a full 19 degrees, and was registered on January 2nd in Sunndalsøra in Møre og Romsdal. This is a new Norwegian temperature record for January.

The lowest minimum temperature was -38.6 degrees, and was measured in Couvddatmohkki in Finnmark on January 28th.

For the country as a whole, there was 70 per cent more rainfall compared to the average during the period between 1961-1990. It was thus the second wettest winter measured since 1900. Only the winter of 1988/89 was wetter, with 85 per cent more rainfall than normal.

The highest daily rainfall was 155.2 mm, and was measured at Samnanger II station in Vestland on December 30th.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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