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Stockholm set for rainiest June on record

Stockholm set for rainiest June on record

Published: 27 Jun 2012 07:19 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jun 2012 07:19 GMT+02:00

Stockholm has seen record amounts of rain in June, more than four times the normal precipitation, meteorologists said on Tuesday.

"Stockholm has registered precipitation of 145.8 millimetres, compared with the normal level of 36.5 millimetres" for the month of June, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) said Tuesday on its website.

That is the highest level for the month of June since Swedish records began in 1786.

Central Sweden has also been hit by heavy rainfall, with more than three times the normal level, while the northern parts of the country have seen unusually dry times, an SMHI spokesman said.

Sweden's climate has become both warmer and rainier because of global warming, and rainfall and storms have increased in recent years, he said.

On June 2, Stockholm registered its coldest June day in 84 years, with the mercury rising to a maximum of six degrees Celsius (43 Fahrenheit).

Temperatures have remained below average for the month, at just 13.3 degrees Celsius, compared with the usual 15.2 degrees, SMHI said.

For the month of June, Stockholm usually has an average of 5.3 days with temperatures above 25 degrees, but this year the high for the month was just 21.6 degrees.

That is only the second time since 1920 that the temperature has failed to hit 25 degrees in June in Sweden.

And it would seem that more rain is en route for Sweden.

"It looks like it will continue like this at least for the next two weeks," said Martin Hedberg, head meteorologist at the weather site klart.se.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:40 June 27, 2012 by ?????
"Sweden's climate has become both warmer and rainier"

"On June 2, Stockholm registered its coldest June day in 84 years"

"Temperatures have remained below average for the month"

All these sentences in the same article! It's either me becoming dumb or journalists forget what they wrote 1 paragraph ago...
10:03 June 27, 2012 by Beavis
??? = exactly. Also 84 years ago was the global warming monster on the rampage again?
11:08 June 27, 2012 by Shibumi
#1 & #2

You need to educate yourselves on the difference between climate and weather.
12:07 June 27, 2012 by Nifty
Gotta love how they can predict whats going to happen in 10,20 or 50 years but they can't tell you the weather next week.
12:56 June 27, 2012 by karex
#3 well-said.

A warmer CLIMATE has triggered more rain. With the cloud cover blocking the sun this also creates an immediate effect of colder WEATHER.
13:03 June 27, 2012 by Beavis
karex- this is obviously horseshite your talking: see definaition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate
22:47 June 27, 2012 by Smokebox
It's a cycle.
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