Climate

The world´s climate has fluctuated between colder and warmer periods throughout the history.

The first relatively warm period at the end of the last ice age occurred approximately 13 000-12 000 BC and led to a large ice melting. During this time the ice disappeared from the Varanger peninsula. The next two thousand years were distinguished by fluctuations between warmer and colder periods. In the period between 10 000 – 5 000 BC the climate stabilised somewhat; the average temperature rose and there was less precipitation. Towards BC the climate again became colder and more humid, similar to today´s climate.

Early Middle Ages was a warm period with the highest average temperature in the 1100s, before the Little Ice Age occurred and brought many cold periods with only short warm interruptions.

The past 100 years the main tendency has been that the climate in Norway, including the Varanger area, is changing to become warmer and more humid.

Middle temperatures at Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes today are about 12 degrees Celsius in July and about -7 degrees in January.

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