Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather
James Savage · 24 Jun 2010, 11:50
Published: 24 Jun 2010 11:50 GMT+02:00
On Friday, Midsummer’s Eve, showers are expected in large parts of Dalarna and Värmland, as well as in large parts of southern Norrland and the mountains of Lappland, according to the SMHI weather service.
The rest of the country has a good chance of sunshine, although isolated showers could still occur. Temperatures are expected to range between 17-24 degrees, although they are likely to be lower in rainy areas and in the mountains.
Stockholmers thinking of quitting the big smoke to enjoy Midsummer in the countryside should think again, according to betting company Ladbrokes. The bookmaker expects the capital to be the warmest place in the country on Friday.
“Stockholm has all the momentum at the moment. The Royal Wedding festivities took over the whole city, and now the capital looks set to get the best weather in the country on Midsummer’s Eve,” said Ladbroke’s Andreas Gillberg.
Underlining the uncertainty in the forecast, rival betting company Betsson was recommending Malmö as the best of the country's three main cities to avoid rain on Friday. Anyone betting on rain in Sweden’s third city will win six times their stake if the heavens open on Midsummer’s Eve. If it rains in Stockholm, they will only get four times their stake.