‘Almost too dangerous to go out’: severe cold continues in southern Norway

Extremely cold conditions persist in Norway this week with temperatures under -30°C in many areas.

'Almost too dangerous to go out': severe cold continues in southern Norway
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A temperature of -42°C was measured in Hedmark county on Wednesday – the coldest official temperature recorded in the country all winter.

In Hedmark's Tynset municipality, the second coldest official temperature in the country was recorded on at 37.3 degrees below zero.

“The most northern area in the south has the least cloud and lowest temperature,” Per Egil Haga of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute told NRK.

Further south, clouds are taking the most extreme edge away from the cold, but strong winds are causing the air to feel similarly icy.

At the Blåsjø lake in Agder and Rogaland, windchill has resulted in temperatures feeling as cold as -40°C, NRK reports.

“It's almost dangerous to go out in the western mountain areas,” meteorologist Terje Alsvik Walløe told NRK.

Even short periods spent outside in such cold can lead to frost-related injuries and hypothermia, the broadcaster writes.

“Many years can go by without us seeing such cold weather in the south. This is not everyday stuff,” Walløe added.

The extreme conditions are the result of a front from Siberia which is currently the cause of cold weather in southern Norway and large parts of Europe. Media in the United Kingdom have dubbed the weather the “Beast from the East”.

“It will not develop too much. It is a high-pressure system that gives clear winter weather. We will have the same type of weather tomorrow,” Haga said to NRK.

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Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

Temperatures are set to rise dramatically across Italy this weekend as the country prepares for its first real heatwave of the year, meteorologists said on Friday.

Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

People across Italy are preparing to head to the beach this weekend with unseasonably hot weather predicted to last for several days.

The heatwave is caused by an anticyclone named  ‘Hannibal’ sweeping in from Tunisia and Algeria, bringing hot air currents across the Mediterranean and as far north as Denmark and Poland, reports news agency Ansa.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32-33°C in parts of the Italian north including Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, and Emilia Romagna, before the heatwave expands towards the centre and south of the country over the course of the weekend.

The weather is already 8°C above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Antonio Sanò, founder of the Italian weather site, and temperatures could rise by as much as 10°C.

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In a typical year these kinds of highs wouldn’t be seen until July, Sanò said.

The incoming heatwave will be particularly humid as the anticyclone is carrying moisture from the Mediterranean sea, according to IlMeteo.

However, the relative cool of the Mediterranean basin at this time of year will contain the heat and keep the temperatures from rising into the high 30s, as would happen if the same type of weather event occurred in August.

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The heatwave will stretch over the weekend and continue into next week, peaking on Tuesday, according to weather reports.

Patchy thunderstorms typical of midsummer weather are anticipated in the Alps and the Po Valley, while the centre-south is set to experience hot and sunny conditions bar some isolated storms in the mountains of Abruzzo on Sunday.