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Climate and Average Weather in Norway

In Norway, the climate varies from the coastal to inland areas. In fact Norway has five different climate types. The coastal regions have a temperate oceanic climate with relatively mild winters and cooler summer months. Inland areas have a continental climate with colder winters, but a warmer summertime. Due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream Norway is a lot warmer than might be expected from its location.

Further north you will find a combination of three climate types. To a large extent, the interior has a cool continental climate, becoming a tundra climate and on some higher parts in central Norway an Alpine climate. In winter you can expect very low temperatures with even -40°C. However the temperature changes quickly from day to day.

So what is the best time to travel to Norway? Of course it depends on the reason why you are visiting Norway, but in general summer is the best time to visit. This means the best months are June, July and August. During these months you will experience the highest temperatures and highest amount of sunshine (and many hours of sunshine in a day!). In terms of precipitation, you have to be a little lucky. It can be dry for days, but it can also happen that it will rain every day of the week. Temperatures fall between 25°C and 30°C in southern Norway. In Norwegian Lapland you will also experience average temperatures around 23°C in summer.

Are you interested in more detailed weather and climate information for various cities in Norway?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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Islands of Norway

Regions in Norway