Chilliest start to a summer in decades

Sweden has witnessed one of the coldest starts to a summer in fifty years, said meteorological agency SMHI on Friday, confirming a nation's strong suspicions.

Chilliest start to a summer in decades

Many parts of the country have had an average daily temperature in June of just under 10 degrees Celsius, with thermometers even falling below zero on occasion.

“It has been a dull start to June and the rain that has now arrived is going to keep the temperatures down for a while longer,” said meteorologist Alexandra Ohlsson.

The summer season started well enough with the Pentecost weekend’s glorious summer heat stretching into the first day of June. But that was about the last anybody saw of summer-like weather.

In the eastern town of Norrköping, where SMHI has its offices, it has been the single coldest start to a summer in fifty years.

“It’s not much fun for those of us based in Norrköping. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to provide the rest of the country with particularly summery forecasts either,” said Alexandra Ohlsson.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 


As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas.