Windy weekend awaits

Gale force winds, heavy rain across the country and snow in some parts of Sweden are forecast for the weekend by meteorological agency SMHI. Sunday is set to be nasty and damp as the late autumn draws in.

Gale warnings have been issued along the Swedish coastline with winds of up to 20 metres per second expected to sweep in from the south-west late on Saturday evening.

A low pressure front will spread north across the country as Saturday night turns into Sunday morning and together with the hard winds, heavy rain and some snow falls are forecast in central and northern areas.

SMHI meteorologist Jonas Höglund said to Svenska Dagbladet that a storm the strength of Gudrun or Per from recent years was unlikely but confirmed that the low pressure front would bring filthy autumn weather and sunny spells would be in short supply.


Winter storm set to sweep across Sweden

A winter storm, which has already claimed two lives in Norway, is forecast to sweep across Sweden on Friday. The national weather service has issued its second-highest warning, saying snow is most likely on the cards in many parts of the country this weekend.

Winter storm set to sweep across Sweden
Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The unusually mild Christmas weather is set to come to an end on Friday, when a winter storm crosses the Norwegian border and into Sweden.

“Christmas day will be very windy, especially in the evening,” the national weather agency SMHI wrote on its website, adding winds are expected to reach a speed of 21 meters per second in the southwest.

A class 1 warning, the lowest on a scale of three, has been issued in the southwest, while a class 2 warning has been issued for the north and the mountain ranges of Härjedalen and Jämtland in the east.

“Leading into Boxing Day there will be rain coming in from the southeast,” agency spokesman Marcus Sjöstedt told news agency TT.

Sjöstedt said it will most likely snow in the south on Saturday, adding the white stuff is likely to fall also in the centre and moving up towards the north during the night to Sunday.

 In Norway, the storm is thought to have killed two people on Christmas Eve. One woman died in Oslo after being hit by a flagpole that the winds had snapped into two. On Norway’s southern coast, a man is believed to have drowned after being caught by a wave and dragged out to sea.