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Worst Swedish summer in 12 years: SMHI

Worst Swedish summer in 12 years: SMHI

Published: 05 Sep 2012 08:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Sep 2012 08:30 GMT+02:00

Sweden’s weather agency has reported that this year’s summer was the worst in a dozen years, with the warm air avoiding the country with an “uncanny precision”.

It’s official now – the summer of 2012 was one to forget for Swedish sun seekers.

According to a statement published Tuesday by the Swedish Meteorlogical and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, it was the worst summer for 12 years and “probably a disappointment for most summer revellers”.

“There were namely no long periods of warmth, sun, and clear blue skies for the whole of summer. It was 12 years since this happened last,” SMHI wrote.

“Otherwise, there was no lack of warm air in the northern hemisphere, but it avoided Sweden with uncanny precision.”

But it wasn’t only a lack of sunshine that made for a forgettable summer – the rainfall was relentless in some parts of the country, with areas in southern and eastern parts of the country experiencing flooding after heavy rains.

In Stockholm and Linköping, there hadn’t been a wetter summer on record since 1960.

The highest temperature recorded in the country was 32.1 degrees Celcius in Lund, southern Sweden on August 20th, with the lowest being -6.3 in Börtnan in the North on June 1st.

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20:31 September 5, 2012 by John D.
Not to sound negative, but how many sunny days usually during a good swedish summer?

I didn't think there were many more than a couple weeks tops.
02:08 September 6, 2012 by saab
Interesting. Where are the global warming nut jobs? Oh sorry, it's climate change! But in any event, the summer of 2007 was no cake in the park either. Rained every day. Cold most of the time. I guess... weather cycles? Go figure!
17:50 September 10, 2012 by zrt
It's interesting that you went to the climate change tag line without any prodding. Denial keeping you safely insulated?
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