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Average Weather in Ålesund Norway

In Ålesund, the summers are short, cool, and mostly cloudy; the winters are long, very cold, windy, and overcast; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 62°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 70°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Ålesund for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 20 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 58°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 62°F and low of 54°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.4 months, from November 18 to March 31, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is February 16, with an average low of 32°F and high of 40°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Sitka, Alaska, United States (3,929 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Ålesund (view comparison).

Clouds

In Ålesund, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Ålesund begins around April 5 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around October 12. On May 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 45% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 55% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 12 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around April 5. On January 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 78% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 22% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in ÅlesundclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1445%May 1445%Jan 2422%Jan 2422%Apr 533%Apr 533%Oct 1233%Oct 1233%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Ålesund varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.3 months, from August 12 to March 20, with a greater than 48% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 61% on December 16.

The drier season lasts 4.7 months, from March 20 to August 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 35% on May 4.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 56% on September 25.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ÅlesundwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 1661%Dec 1661%May 435%May 435%Aug 1248%Aug 1248%Mar 2048%Mar 2048%NowNowmixedrainsnow
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Ålesund experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Ålesund. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 4, with an average total accumulation of 6.0 inches.

The least rain falls around May 9, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 inDec 46.0 inDec 46.0 inMay 92.7 inMay 92.7 inSep 255.7 inSep 255.7 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Ålesund experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 17 to April 11, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 11 to November 17. The least snow falls around July 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in ÅlesundsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 in6 inFeb 80.4 inFeb 80.4 inJul 230.0 inJul 230.0 inNov 170.1 inNov 170.1 inApr 110.1 inApr 110.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Ålesund varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 4 hours, 57 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 20 hours, 0 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 3:36 AM on June 19, and the latest sunrise is 6 hours, 29 minutes later at 10:06 AM on December 25. The earliest sunset is at 3:01 PM on December 17, and the latest sunset is 8 hours, 36 minutes later at 11:37 PM on June 22.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ålesund during 2020, starting in the spring on March 29, lasting 6.9 months, and ending in the fall on October 25.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 193:36 AMJun 193:36 AM11:37 PMJun 2211:37 PMJun 22Dec 173:01 PMDec 173:01 PM10:06 AMDec 2510:06 AMDec 25Mar 29DSTMar 29DSTDSTOct 25DSTOct 25daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2020. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Ålesund, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 20%Jul 20%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Ålesund experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 8 to April 6, with average wind speeds of more than 10.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 6 to October 8. The calmest day of the year is August 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in ÅlesundwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mphJan 513.3 mphJan 513.3 mphAug 26.8 mphAug 26.8 mphOct 810.0 mphOct 810.0 mphApr 610.0 mphApr 610.0 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ålesund varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 3.0 months, from May 13 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 46% on June 15. The wind is most often from the south for 9.0 months, from August 13 to May 13, with a peak percentage of 53% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in ÅlesundSNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Ålesund is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.6 months, from July 10 to September 27, with an average temperature above 54°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 15, with an average temperature of 57°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.4 months, from December 26 to May 6, with an average temperature below 45°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 13, with an average temperature of 41°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ålesund throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ålesund for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.64.60.00.0NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ålesund for hot-weather activities is from late July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.50.50.00.0NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Ålesund typically lasts for 7.0 months (213 days), from around April 12 to around November 11, rarely starting before March 22 or after May 4, and rarely ending before October 14 or after December 13.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Ålesundgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 1250%Apr 1250%Nov 1150%Nov 1190%May 490%May 490%Oct 1490%Oct 1410%Mar 2210%Mar 2210%Dec 1310%Dec 130%Feb 80%Feb 8Jul 19100%Jul 19100%NowNowvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ålesund should appear around June 8, only rarely appearing before May 24 or after June 29.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in ÅlesundJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°FJun 890°FJun 890°FDec 31790°FDec 31790°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 2 to August 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 5.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from October 11 to March 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 0.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ÅlesundbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJun 205.5 kWhJun 205.5 kWhDec 210.1 kWhDec 210.1 kWhMay 24.4 kWhMay 24.4 kWhAug 54.4 kWhAug 54.4 kWhOct 111.2 kWhOct 111.2 kWhMar 21.2 kWhMar 21.2 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ålesund are 62.472 deg latitude, 6.155 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Ålesund contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 974 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 45 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,963 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,168 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Ålesund is covered by water (64%) and artificial surfaces (23%), within 10 miles by water (60%) and trees (13%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and trees (14%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Ålesund, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ålesund.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ålesund according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Ålesund is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ålesund and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ålesund Airport, Vigra (85%, 10 kilometers, north) and Ørsta–Volda Airport, Hovden (15%, 33 kilometers, south).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.