On 20 June 2020, Nesbyen could celebrate 50 years as Norway’s warmest place. The record of 35.6 ° C has been unbeatable since Weather Observer Borghild Syversen measured the temperature on Norway’s hottest day ever in 1970. The historic weather measuring station is today at Hallingdal Museum.
It was Saturday – and the inhabitants of Nesbyen spent the day off in rivers, lakes and cellars to cool off in the intense heat. It was said that you could fry eggs on the asphalt, and it was not possible to step barefoot on the road without incurring burn injuries. While national television and all the major newspapers reported on the record heat, the coverage in the local newspapers was more measured. Hallingdølen dryly declared that “The heat record on Nes is not just tourist advertisement”, in case anyone should think that it was all a PR stunt to attract more visitors.