Everyone talks about the weather! But how do you say “Nice day!” or “Ooh, it’s a little chilly today” in Norwegian? Read on and Tor will get you fixed up with some weather girl lingo…
This article mixes Norwegian and English. See if you notice when we change them out!
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
9 things you did not know about Norwegian weather
1. Vær og uvær
Did you know that Norwegians say “weather and unweather” for good and bad weather?
2. Fy fader, så bikkjekaldt!
Directly translated: Dammit, it’s so dog cold! (Maybe let the dog in – he’s howling in the yard)
3. Har du husket paraplyen?
Did you remember your umbrella for your visit to Bergen?
4. En deilig sommerdag (A lovely summer’s day)
“En sommerdag” defineres av fagfolk som en dag med minst 25 varmegrader.
Buskerud fylke har flest av dem… sommerdager i året. (Flytt til Kongsberg!)
5. Skal vi bade? (Wanna go swimming?)
De fleste nordmenn bader gjerne hvis det er 18 grader i vannet.
Men den høyeste vanntemperaturen som er målt i Norge er hele 24 grader, ytterst i Oslofjorden ved Færder fyr. Det var i 1975.
6. Solen skinner
Koster på Hvaler gets around 2000 sun hours per year. No wonder why so many people go to Hvaler in the summer.
7. Det regner katter og hunder
Or literally translated to English: It’s raining cats and dogs. Maybe Norwegians don’t want to know how much it rains. Only 10% of all weather stations have pluviometers, or rain measuring equipment. The biggest rainfall ever measured in one day is NEAR Bergen, in Hordaland: 230 mm of rain, that’s 23 cm, or almost 10 inches! Monsoon time?
8. Det snør, det snør, tiddelibom (as sung by Winnie the Pooh)
12 meters (!) of snowfall in one year has been measured on the glacier Svartisen.
9. Vinden hyler
Juvvasshøe is a popular hiking destination. Why? It’s so windy! The highest ever wind gusts measured here: 65 m/s, or 234 km/t (145 mph)!
10 takes on the weather
1. If it’s a nice day, you can say:
They all translate into:
2. If it’s pouring down with rain, try:
Det pøser ned or – Det høljer ned
It’s raining buckets!
3. If it’s a windy day:
Det blåser fælt (It is blowing hard)
We still need to figure out exactly what it is…
4. If you’re feeling optimistic:
Det er vel bare en byge.
It is probably just a shower
Det er lettere overskyet nå, men det skal bli bedre utover dagen
It’s slighlty overcast now, but it’s supposed to get better throughout the day
5. If you’re feeling pessimistic:
Dette uværet kommer til å vare i flere dager
This will last for days!
Det skal bli enda verre i natt
I bet it will get even worse tonight
6. Winter weather – pluss & minus
Varmegrader (“warm degrees”) = above zero celsius
Kuldegrader (“cold degrees”) = below zero celsius
Kinda cute, isn’t it?
7. Heat wave in Norway
” – Hetebølge! Det må være mange-og-tyve grader”
The hottest day ever measured in Norway was 35,6 “warm degrees”
8 The coolest word for ice
(What you slide on and break your hip)
9. Norge rundt – Regional variations
Check out this article, at the bottom is a long list of AMAZING weather expressions from all over Norway: Har du et dialektord om vær og vind?
10. How to relate to the weather forecasts
Learn how to say Meterologisk Institutt in one breath:
Remember, the weather is all their fault…
De meldte regn — they predicted rain
De lovte sol — they promised sun
Det er meldt kaldere vær (notice passive form: Colder weather has been forecasted)
Det skal bli varmere i morgen. It is supposed to be warmer tomorrow. Notice the use of “skal”. It means “is supposed to be, apparently” in this context.
Det var alt. Kos deg – uansett vær!
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Yngvil is an experienced immigrant herself; she has lived and worked in the UK, Canada and USA. When not teaching, she is busy playing music, researching economics and politics or saving the world.
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