Weather in Scandinavia is never something that's easy to predict, but July has been a more confusing month than most.
Sunshine in the Arctic
The Arctic archipelago Svalbard enjoyed its warmest ever month since records began 105 years ago. A high of 14.5C (58.1F) was recorded at the beginning of the month, while the average temperature was 9.0C (48.2F), a whole 3C higher than expected.
Northern Norway in general experienced high temperatures throughout much of July. I was in Hammerfest during the middle of the month and was stunned to wake up one morning to a temperature reading of 28C (82.4F).
Umbrella sales high in Bergen
However, the same cannot be said for those living on the west coast, especially in Bergen.
Renowned as one of the rainiest cities in Europe, Bergen experienced record amounts of rainfall during July. 248.1 mm of rain fell during the month, breaking the previous July record of 247.6 mm set back in 1995. The expected rainfall for the month of July in Bergen is “just” 148 mm. The rain wasn't just limited to Bergen though. In Oslo, 55 mm of rain fell in just two hours last weekend.
But wait, the strange weather isn't over just yet!
Forecasters are now predicting a cold spell for August, so much so that snow could even fall on mountainous areas.
Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather…