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Southern Norway offers long summers right for swimming and playing in the sea - Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway
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Southern Norway offers long summers right for swimming and playing in the sea Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

Seasons and climate in Southern Norway

Southern Norway has the highest number of recorded hours of sunshine per day in Norway.

Southern Norway is famous for its long and pleasant summers, and is often considered Norway's Riviera. Find out what clothes to pack when planning your holiday in Southern Norway, check out recent snow reports for your destination or go to weather forecast for Southern Norway.

Summer

The region is the home of the Norwegian summer. Late June to early August is when the weather is at its most stable and warmest with sunny, long and bright days.

It is not unusual with temperatures reaching 77°F and above. At the same time there is hardly any humidity in the air. Sea temperatures reach 64°F and higher, making swimming a popular pastime.

You will find the highest temperatures inland; especially Setesdal is famous for its many high temperature records. Along the coast, a cool sea breeze refreshes you.

Fall 

September and October sees the arrival of wetter and wilder weather. During this period the land areas lose more heat than the sea, and eventually the coastal areas have the highest temperatures. At the same time, the landscape is painted in golden colors, inviting you to go walking in the fresh, crisp air.

Winter

In the past few years there have been some quite amazing snow-storms during winter even in coastal areas. You can expect much of the inland regions to be transformed into a winter wonderland from late November until early April. The coastal areas have much milder winters, in part thanks to the Gulf Stream. However, gales, rain and cloud are likely to hit these areas.

Spring

Spring arrives early in Southern Norway compared to the rest of the country, usually it arrives in April. It is easy to know when spring is coming. The days get a little warmer and lighter day by day. Spring flowers appear, the trees are budding, birds start to build their nests and the farmers deliver the new-born lambs. You can feel life virtually exploding all around you.

However, the weather in spring can be very varied. There may be days when it is cold enough to snow, and days when it is warm enough to sit outside in the sunshine. Spring months can also be very windy.

Remember that the weather and temperatures can change quickly, especially in the mountains. So whether summer or winter, fall or spring – bring good footwear and warm clothes.

Average daytime temperatures

  Kristiansand Arendal Mandal Grimstad
January 28.9°F 31.5°F 31.6°F 29.1°F
February 28.8°F 30.6°F 31.3°F 28.6°F
March 33.8°F 34.3°F 35.4°F 33.8°F
April 40.3°F 39.9°F 41°F
41.2°F
May 49.8°F
48.9°F
50°F
50.7°F
June 57.2°F
56.6°F
57.2°F
58.5°F
July 59.9°F
59.9°F
59.5°F
61.2°F
August 58.6°F
59.5°F
58.8°F
59.7°F
September 52.7°F
54.5°F
53.1°F
53.2°F
October 46.2°F
48.4°F
47.5°F
46.2°F
November 37.6°F
40.3°F
39.9°F
37.8°F
December 31.8°F
34.9°F
34.5°F
32.4°F

Source: yr.no

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Last updated:  2014-04-02
In Southern Norway fall comes later and is milder than in the rest of the country - Photo: Anders Gjengedal/Innovation Norway
In Southern Norway fall comes later and is milder than in the rest of the country
Southern Norway has many beaches suitable for fun and games in the summer - Photo: S. Sigbjørnsen/ SrN/RS/SVG2008
Southern Norway has many beaches suitable for fun and games in the summer

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Southern Norway offers long summers right for swimming and playing in the sea - Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

Seasons and climate in Southern Norway

Southern Norway has the highest number of recorded hours of sunshine per day in Norway.

Seasons and climate in Southern Norway

Source: Visitnorway

About Southern Norway

Southern Norway

Visit Southern Norway and enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, snow skiing, bathing in fresh water, experience local culture and traditional Norwegian food

Key facts about Southern Norway

Sørlandet is the southernmost region of Norway, with 30 municipalities and approximately 285,000 inhabitants.

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