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Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather

James Savage · 24 Jun 2010, 11:50

Published: 24 Jun 2010 11:50 GMT+02:00

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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.

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James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:18 June 24, 2010 by zircon
What's dark and cynical?
13:42 June 24, 2010 by jack sprat
For the benefit of all Swedes,....Sorry, but it seems you missed it,..again,..Mid-summer has already been and gone,the 21st in fact.

The daylight hours are now getting shorter and Winter is on its way.

Just love cheering you miserable sods up...LOL.
15:39 June 24, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
uhh, Midsummer was on Monday. So, how WAS the weather?
16:53 June 24, 2010 by Barmacral
Jack, Gefle,

Yes, I think everyone is aware that the summer Solistace was on Monday, however, I think you two ought to learn a little bit about Swedish Culture before you ridicule it.

See, Midsummer's Eve is always on the Friday between the 19th and 25th of June. As such, its only going to land on Midsummer if Midsummer happens to be a Friday that year.
01:08 June 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
Typical Swedish weather. That's okay, cold and dark and rainy weather keeps the riff raff out (or it used to).
09:12 June 25, 2010 by si
After a few rounds of schnapps and a ton of picked fish - who cares about the weather ?
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