January was a record month in terms of precipitation and heat in Norway

n January, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute has registered 32 precipitation and 28 heat records. According to a climate scientist, the extreme weather event Gyda contributed to the records.

“It’s an unusual amount. Now it is typical that there are more heat records than cold records. This means that we are getting an increasingly warmer climate,” climate researcher Hanne Heiberg told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). She says that many of the records are related to the extreme weather event Gyda.

Of the 32 precipitation records, most were set in Trøndelag (18), followed by Møre og Romsdal (5) and Vestland (3).

High temperatures have also marked the beginning of 2022, as 28 heat records have been set. Viken registered the most heat records (8), while Innlandet and Troms og Finnmark shared second place with seven records each.

On January 24, a temperature of 12.2 degrees was measured in Alta. The old January record was 9.9 degrees and was registered in 1992. On January 14, Oslo reached the county record from 1898, with 12.5 degrees measured at Hovin station.

“Heat records have been set in two waves, in the middle of the month in Southern Norway, and around January 24 in the north,” climate researcher Jostein Mamen told the channel.