The winter season 2019/2020 in Norway was as much as 4.5 degrees warmer than normal, and thus became the mildest since the Meteorological Institute started the measurements in 1900. The winter was also the second wettest.

Records in all regions in southern Norway

All regions except northern Norway set a record for the warmest winter season:

  • Eastern Norway (Oslo, Viken, Innlandet and Vestfold and Telemark) had an average temperature from December to February of 5.7 degrees over the normal period 1961-1990. The previous record is from 1988/89, and was 5.2 degrees above normal.
  • Agder, 5.1 degrees above the 1961-1990 normal, the previous record was 5.0 degrees above from 1988/89.
  • Western Norway (Rogaland, Western Norway, Møre and Romsdal), 3.9 degrees above the 1961-1990 normal, the previous record was 3.6 degrees above from 1988/89.
  • Trøndelag, 4.8 degrees above the 1961-1990 normal, the previous record was 4.5 degrees above the normal, from 1988/89.

 

Click here to download the report for February and the entire winter season

Ytterøyane lighthouse in Kinn (Western Norway) set a record for the highest average temperature in a winter season with 6.0 degrees. The old record was from the 2013/2014 season, when Svinøy in Møre og Romsdal ended at 5.7 degrees celsius.

Here it was hottest and coldest

The highest maximum temperature this season was 19.0 degrees, and was registered on 2 January in Sunndalsøra (Møre og Romsdal). This is a new Norwegian heat record for January.

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

The warmest stations on average:

• Ytterøyane lighthouse (Kinn, Vestland) 6.0 degrees (3.0 degrees above normal)

• Kvitsøy – Nordbø (Rogaland) and Røvær (Haugesund, Rogaland) 5.9 degrees (respectively 3.3 degrees above normal and no normal yet)

• Lindesnes lighthouse (Agder), Fedje (Vestland), Utsira lighthouse (Rogaland) and Slåtterøy lighthouse (Bømlo, Hordaland) 5.8 degrees (4.3 degrees, 3.1 degrees, 3.2 degrees and 3.0 degrees, respectively over normal)

The coldest stations on average: 
● Karasjok – Markannjarga (Finnmark) -11.7 degrees (4.2 degrees above normal)
● Cuovddatmohkki (Karasjok, Finnmark) -10.9 degrees (3.8 degrees above normal)
● Kautokeino (Finnmark) -10.7 degrees (4.3 degrees above normal)

Second wettest winter measured

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

Several stations in Western Norway, the Inland and Troms and Finnmark received from 250 to over 300 per cent of the normal. Some stations in the hinterland and Troms and Finnmark received from 75 per cent to just under 100 per cent of the normal precipitation.

Here it was wettest and driest

The highest daily precipitation was 155.2 mm, and was measured at Samnanger II (Vestland) on 30 December.

The wettest stations on average:
• Gullfjellet (Bergen, Vestland) 1956 mm (none normal yet)
• Øvestedal (Voss, Vestland) 1819 mm (237 percent of normal)
• Hovlandsdal (Fjaler, Vestland) 1816 mm (208 percent of normal)
The driest stations on average: 
• Otta – Skansen (Sel, Innlandet) 37 mm (no normal yet)
• Folldal – Fredheim (Inland) 48 mm (75 percent of normal)
• Tynset – Hansmoen (Inland) 57 mm (93 percent of normal)

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