Climate and Environment Minister Espen Barth Eide warns that the coming summer could be very dramatic.
Among other things, he points out that the world is heading into a period of the weather phenomenon El Niño, writes NRK.
In recent years, the world has been experiencing La Niña. It has acted as a temporary brake on global warming.
This is despite the fact that we have seen more forest fires, more droughts and more floods in recent years than ever before, says Barth Eide.
Climate prophets now believe that it is “very likely” that El Niño will come.
The Minister believes we are facing a summer where we will see climate change in full force. He thinks that it will be dramatic:
This means even more damaged crops in southern Europe, in China, in India and in large parts of the USA.
This means even more forest fires in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Canada and Australia.
This means even more drought and water shortages. Water shortage which is problematic for people, but perhaps most of all for food production, which uses a lot of water.
This is at 1.15 degrees of warming, far below the 1.5 that has been set as a sort of target in the Paris Agreement, says a serious Barth Eide.
The climate minister believes that the summer ahead of us will show us all how important it is that we act quickly.
This will remind us all that we have no time to lose and that climate action must take place now and not even far into the future, he says.
At the same time, meteorologist on duty at the Meteorological Institute, Ingvild Villa, reports to Nettavisen that summer will have to wait a bit, as rain and colder weather have been reported in Norway.
From this afternoon and into the evening, unstable air will come in. There is a potential for heavy showers. The temperature will also drop a little, says Villa and continues:
Western Norway gets much of the same as Østafjells, except for southern Rogaland, where there is the potential for heavy showers this evening. It will continue there a little more during the week as another low pressure arrives on Wednesday.