Worst summer in living memory

"Hot and sunny throughout July," they said. "2°C warmer than usual," they said. But that's not what they're saying now. Oh no.

“Worst summer since 1928!” declared this week’s papers, letting tens of thousands of Swedes know that they may have cancelled a trip to Greece in favour of a camping holiday in the archipelago, but at least they’re part of history.

Swedes expect a hefty 25°C during the day by mid-July, but in the north of the country – Latnivaara in the county of Norrbotten was singled out by DN – sunseekers have been having to make do with a chilly 6°C.

Therese Fougman, meteorologist at the Swedish Meteorological Society, said temperatures have dropped by up to two degrees this year. “If you look at the country overall there has been much more rain this year in all of Sweden”, said Fougman.

Barely a month ago meteorologists were panicking about the impending drought. Not any more, they’re not. The town of Värnamo in Småland swam onto the front pages on Monday as a low pressure front brought 128 mm of rain to the town in 24 hours.

Firemen and council workers fought against the rising water – 5 centimetres per hour in places – throughout Monday and Tuesday as 20,000 extra sandbags were delivered to the town. Tuesday also brought a flood of criticism as roads were closed and people were told to boil tap water before consuming it.

“We have indications that we’re over the worst,” said Jörgen Hallberg, who was leading the emergency operation, to Svenska Dagbladet on Tuesday evening.

The Local’s swimming trunks are ready and waiting.