Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, is also the country's warmest. Don't expect warm weather year-round, though, because relatively warm temperatures in Norway are relatively cold compared to the rest of Europe. Nevertheless, summer temperatures can climb into the mid-60s, especially during July and August, the warmest months. Lows at that time are in the mid-50s. Winters are cold, but not extreme. Highs in January and February, the coldest months, are in the upper thirties, and lows are in the lower thirties, and only occasionally go below freezing.


    The real story of Bergen's climate is the large amount of rain the city receives each year. The same Gulf Stream that keeps the city relatively warm also brings an inordinate amount of precipitation. Throughout the year, 88 inches of rain fall on Bergen on average. September through December are the wettest months, with between 8 and 9 inches of rain apiece. The driest month is May, which still receives about three inches of rain. The rest of the months get about five or six inches of rain. This rainfall has earned the city the nickname, the "Seattle of Europe." Make sure you prepare for wet weather if you are headed to Bergen.