Bergen gets wettest July day since 1938

Bergen in western Norway experienced its wettest July day in more than seven decades on Sunday as the summer sun remained conspicuous by its absence.

Bergen gets wettest July day since 1938
Photo: Erlend Aas/Scanpix (File)

Norway's national meteorological agency recorded 65.1 millimetres of rain in Bergen in the 24-hour period from 8am on Sunday to 8am on Monday. Most of the rainfall, 43.5 millimetres, hit the city after 8pm on Sunday, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.

After checking the statistics, meteorologist Kjersti Opstad Strand was able to confirm what most residents could already feel in their bones: "Yes, it's a record," she told the paper.

The main weather station in the city's Florida district has never seen so much rain in July in its 29-year history, she said.

Strand had to look at the figures for the previous station, in Fredriksberg, to find that meteorologists there had recorded a decidedly moist 79.1 millimetres of rainfall on July 31st 1938.

But despite the massive downpour, Bergen was not the wettest place in Norway on Sunday. That dubious honour went to Liarvatn, 30 kilometres east of Stavanger, which topped the charts with a soggy 75.5 millimetres.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 


As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas.