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Southern Coast of Norway

59.9N 10.7E

May 23rd, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Snapshots

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe. The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches over 2,500 km and over 83,000 km including the fjords and islands.

Here, the southern part of the country is visible, bordered by the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and Skagerak to the west and south.

Due to the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies, Norway experiences warmer temperatures and more precipitation than expected at such northern latitudes, especially along the coast.

The southern and western parts of Norway experience more precipitation, and have milder winters than the south-eastern part.

The lowlands around the capital Oslo (partially covered by clouds, far right center) have the warmest and sunniest summers, but also cold weather and snow in wintertime (especially inland).

However, average temperatures have risen the last decades, decreasing the amount of days with snow cover in the lowlands.

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