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Stockholm suffers nearly sunless November

AFP/The Local · 30 Nov 2009, 16:02

Published: 30 Nov 2009 16:02 GMT+01:00

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The sun shone on average for only 35 minutes a day during the month, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) said.

In the past quarter-century, only the years 2000 and 1993 had darker months of November, with eight and nine hours of golden rays respectively, while the average for the month is 54 hours.

Because clouds trap heat and prevent clear skies and crisp temperatures, November 2009 was also one of the warmest Novembers in 25 years.

The average temperature in Stockholm was 5.6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit), compared to an average of 2.9 degrees over the past 25 years. Only the year 2000 was warmer at 7.0 degrees.

Stockholm, one of the northernmost capitals in the world, also has less sunshine in November because of the shorter daylight period, with around seven hours of daylight in November.

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By contrast Sweden has long sunny days during the summer months, on average 292 hours of sunshine in June and 260 hours in July.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:53 November 30, 2009 by ironman294
Yeah as much as I love Stockholm, I'm glad I don't live there I would have jumped off a cliff already. Does the Dragon Boat restaurant still dock by the cliff?
18:42 November 30, 2009 by livinginsweden
You want to jump off the cliff becos of non-sunny days?

Cold days without sunshine is ideal for cosy time on the sofa or in bed with a glass of wine and/or a hot partner .... 24/30 .... and you dont get skin cancer..

Best place in the World!
18:52 November 30, 2009 by Osokin
vitamin D supplement, philips brightlight lamp abuse and sex tourism to SE asia to combat the ennui
19:37 November 30, 2009 by futureishere
Love the sun less days, great motivation for spending endless hours in lab completing my thesis. Because I know that every one else's life is as miserable as mine. :-)
19:42 November 30, 2009 by Greg in Canada
SAD - Seasonal Affected Disorder which relates low sunshine to depression. That explains why everybody riding on a bus or subway in Stockholm always looks like they're on their way to a funeral.:)

Nice summer time city though.
21:29 November 30, 2009 by Random Guy
.....and people ask why Swed's drink so much. Dang, open the bottle on Nov 1st and keep drinking until April 1st. Then dry up and and do it all again next year!
23:14 November 30, 2009 by Dr. Dillner
Keep going, "futurishere" it is worth all the work!
00:19 December 1, 2009 by canam
I moved from Colorado (sunniest place in the US) to San Diego, to Central America.....and now I'm in Stockholm...."cosy time on the sofa or in bed with a glass of wine and/or a hot partner" aint' gonna cut it for 6mnths. No wonder Swedes travel so much!
08:06 December 1, 2009 by hilt_m
lol i moved from queensland australia to stockholm, people said november was bad here, but to tell the truth, other then having a little problem waking up in the morning, it's not to bad.
09:50 December 1, 2009 by Freyja14
haha Canam.....I'm in the Exact same boat as you!
09:59 December 1, 2009 by kmbr
I think it's great for a year or two. It's a great excuse to give in to my slothier predisposition. More than that, it would get old, I think. But, then, I transplanted myself from NY to Phoenix knowing full well I need 300 plus days of sunshine to actually do anything of value.
14:26 December 1, 2009 by jose_s
People here live waiting for it to be spring and then summer, but when the summers are as rainy as this past year it kind of ruins a nice rainy november day.
04:51 December 2, 2009 by CanadianInSweden
i live in gothenburg and it definatly hasnt been any better here it seems,im suprised sweden doesn't rule the world in anti-depression med sales!!
10:28 December 2, 2009 by idouglas.75
Im from Vail, Colorado and moved here for my girlfriend. As mentioned in a previous post, Colorado is one of the sunniest places in the US. 300+ days....More sun then Miami or San Diego. The lack of sunshine here in Sweden is rough!!! Im prepetually tired. Anywone else? I went for a run with a headlight on my head at like 4 pm the other day. Ive tried to drink as much coffee as the swedes but it doesnt work. I just get jittery. I will take your advice and go have sex. Maybee on a tanning bed..
21:24 December 2, 2009 by OllieCrafoord
To the solarium! :)
10:24 December 3, 2009 by Militant Atheist
I actually don't like summer nor the sun. I prefer the dark winter months in Sweden.

I am most happiest in the winter months, and summer months I normally am not in the happiest of moods.

For my holidays, I normally take them in the winter months and travel to the north. Abisko National Park (and Kiruna) is a wonderful place in winter. One can photograph the northern lights if you are lucky to see it when you are there.

There is a train you can take to Narvik in Norway. Wonderful mountain range, as the train meanders along the scenic route.
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