Sweden bathes in sultry summer sunshine

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far in Sweden with temperatures sneaking above 32 degrees Celsius in parts.

Sweden bathes in sultry summer sunshine

Large swathes of the country saw the thermometer hover around 30 degrees for much of the day.

“It’s good summer weather, that’s for sure,” said Peo Ganerlöv at meteorological agency SMHI.

A high for the day of 32.1 degrees was recorded both in Såtenäs in the south west and in Forse, 700 kilometres further north.

Eskilstuna experienced the warmest weather in the central region of Svealand with 31.2 degrees, while Lycksele led the way in northern Norrland with a top temperature of 27.2 degrees.

But Saturday’s balmy temperatures still lagged well behind the hottest July day ever recorded in Sweden, an honour held by Ultuna, 70 kilometres north of Stockholm, which sweltered in 38 degree heat in 1933.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 30 degrees again on Sunday before dropping to 20-25 degrees over the coming week. But the summery highs are expected to return again just in time for next weekend.

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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.