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Posted by African Press International on August 3, 2008

Weeks of tropical temperatures makes swimming enjoyable throughout most of the country.

Bathers flock to the water at Hvalstrand west of Oslo.

PHOTO: OLAV OLSEN

Swimming in the sea or in many of Norways lakes even in summer, is often best described as a short, sharp, shock. Recently however better temperatures have attracted more people to spend time in the water.

Water temperatures topping 20 degrees Celsius are to be found throughout Southern Norway and water quality is usually good. On Thursday, however local authorities in Brum, west of Oslo, recommended that bathers avoid the local beaches for a few days. Thunderstorms earlier in the week had caused drains to overflow, depositing some untreated sewage in the rivers.

According to Aftenposten.nos weather service, the lowest bathing temperature reported was 13 degrees from the Passvik river, which forms part of the border between Finnmark County and Russia in North-Eastern Norway. This is closer to the temperatures most swimmers have to accept on an ordinary summer’s day in most of Norway.

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API/sourceAftenposteneng

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