UPDATE: Flood alerts issued for southern and eastern Norway

Melting snow and rising temperatures will likely lead to spring floods in several places in Norway this week, both in the south and the north.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has issued a flood alert for southern and eastern Norway and Finnmark. Photo by Kuno Schweizer on Unsplash

The temperatures are rising in Norway, and with the heat comes snowmelt and spring floods.

A large number of flood danger warnings have been issued, and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) asks people to follow the news and secure loose items.

The flood danger has already reached the orange level (i.e., considerable danger) in the Trysilvassdraget, Altaelva, and Krøderen areas. 

They expect the flood danger to reach the orange level in several places during the next week.

‘Important to follow updates online’

“The most important thing people can do is follow updates on We regularly update the site with new information. Right now, the greatest danger is present in parts of Troms og Finnmark,” hydrologist Anne Fleig at the NVE told Norwegian newswire NTB.

The danger warning for Troms and Finnmark is expected to remain in place up to and including Wednesday.

Fleig further said that the melting snow was a major driver of flooding risk.

More precipitation is expected on Tuesday, and the meteorologist emphasized that the danger is greatest when it rains.

The NVE has also sent out a number of danger warnings at the yellow level. However, Fleig says that some warnings are more uncertain than others and that it is, therefore, important to follow updated information.

You can check the active weather warnings on the website.

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What will the weather in Norway be like over the long weekend

Whit Monday is a public holiday in Norway, meaning many are looking forward to a long weekend. When it comes to the weather, it might be a bit of a mixed bag.

What will the weather in Norway be like over the long weekend

The weekend weather in Norway will see the country split in two right down the middle, meteorologists have forecast.

Essentially, those east of Norway’s highest mountains can expect pleasant temperatures and a good amount of sun, while those west can expect worse weather.

Far from ideal weather is on the forecast for west Norway, Trøndaleg and northern Norway. Furthermore, while plenty of those in south-eastern Norway can bask in the sun, those further north can expect snow.

“It can quickly get a little snow up in high altitude areas from Nordland and northwards. In addition, the mountain passes further south. It is (caused by) relatively cool air,” meteorologist on duty at StormGeo, Olav Erikstad, told broadcaster TV 2.

Bergen and Ålesund can expect rain and temperatures ranging from between six degrees Celsius and 11 degrees Celsius. Stavanger, along with the other major cities on the west coast, can also expect brisk winds in addition to the rain.

Tromsø will experience temperatures between one and five degrees Celsius, while it will be marginally warmer in Bodø.

Meanwhile, Oslo and Hamar will be the likely weather winners. Despite moderate winds, temperatures of up to 20 degrees Celsius can be expected.

Despite the typical spring temperatures, it still might be too cold for many to take their first swim of the year. Water temperatures are currently between seven and 15 degrees in southeast Norway.

Below you can see a tweet of the weather forecast from the weekend from the Metrological Institute.