Too hot to handle

It’s nice to have lovely weather. We’ve now had such a long stretch of dry, sunny weather that the fire departments in all of western Norway are on special alert. It won’t take much to start a fire with everything as dry as it is.

Unlike my native California, everything’s green and lush and we’re not yet required to conserve water. And there’s humidity.

I can’t remember Bergen being humid before, but with these odd weather patterns (or glitches – can’t really say there’s a pattern), Bergen has acquired that new quality when it’s hot. Used to be it was hot and the sky was clear and that was that. Now it’s hot and cloudy at the same time. And the clouds shut the heat in and humidity rises.

Of course we are all enjoying the sunshine. After bundling up all winter, it is wonderfully liberating to be barefoot in sandals and never need a jacket. That is the advantage. The disadvantage is that it’s too hot to move around in. At least for me. Haven’t got the hang of humidity yet.

So what’s a heat wave like at 60 North? 25C/77F in the shade here, 34C/93F in the direct sunshine, but some places have 27C/81F in the shade. But no one calls it a heat wave here. Here, it’s just perfect summer weather. Heat waves are what they have on the continent – you know, those things the newspapers write about because someone died.

I wonder how hot it has to get before even the Norwegians complain?

By Keera Ann Fox

I am a bi-lingual American who has lived most of my life in Norway.
Jeg er en tospråklig amerikaner som har bodd mesteparten av mitt liv i Norge.

4 replies on “Too hot to handle”

It has been so gorgeous, hasn\’t it? I\’m supposed to travel to Houston in June/July – I\’m not looking forward to that nasty humid mess. 🙂 But I am looking forward to seeing family and friends. (Oh and air conditioning).


So what\’s a heat wave like at 60 North? 25C/77F in the shade here, 34C/93F in the direct sunshine, but some places have 27C/81F in the shade.Jesus: it\’s warmer there than it is here.max[\’To hell with lush and humid.\’]


Jon, today\’s direct sunlight offered up 37C/98.6F. Perfect for inside the body, a bit much for the outside.Victoria, the lack of air conditioning, especially inside stores, makes the heat a bit much. I shade rooms and turn on a fan.Max, you said it!


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