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'Classic' midsummer weather for Sweden

Rebecca Martin · 23 Jun 2011, 16:03

Published: 23 Jun 2011 16:03 GMT+02:00

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“It looks like it will be classic midsummer weather where you set the table with the herring outdoors one minute, only to dash for cover the next,” said Ida Sjöstedt, meteorologist at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) to daily Expressen on Thursday.

Already last weekend, the meteorologists were warning that the weather forecast for Midsummer would be a mixed bag. But around the middle of the week weather conditions were so unstable that many didn’t want to hazard a guess.

Now, however, it is clear that those celebrating in the Stockholm or Gothenburg area might be getting the best deal.

Southern and central Sweden can expect quite a lot of rain over the course of the day on Friday, and northern parts of the country will also see rain, albeit a little less than the south, according to forecasts by Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.

The more stable weather seems to be headed for the mid east, the eastern coastal area around Stockholm and the west coast of Sweden.

Even there, some showers are probably unavoidable, it being Midsummer, but most of the day should be fine.

Temperatures are also expected to be normal for June, ranging between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

To bring both an umbrella and a woolly jumper to the celebrations is nothing that will dissuade the hardy Swedes from celebrating outside.

The herring and the new potatoes are never as good if they aren’t eaten outdoors among family and friends, chased down by a schnapps or three, after exhausting yourself imitating a frog while dancing round the maypole.

Last week, meteorologist Bertil Larsson of Sveriges Televison (SVT) warned that the night between Friday and Saturday will be cold with temperatures down to well below ten degrees Celsius in northern parts of Sweden.

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This is of course bad news for all those that planned spending the early hours jumping over seven fences in silence and picking seven different flowers to dream about their future spouse.

However, the good news is that there are no indications that wearing a woollen hat under your garland of flowers, a sturdy pair of warming bloomers and gum boots under your flowery dress has any bearing on the result of the exercise – unless you bump into your intended, that is.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:45 June 23, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
I am going to go hiking in the skog on Midsommar!

18:59 June 23, 2011 by Rick Methven
But not in Sweden!!
19:40 June 23, 2011 by Iraniboy
Is it allowed to grill on midsommar? :D
19:42 June 23, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Yes you must grill pork chops on midsommar!
19:44 June 23, 2011 by Iraniboy
I must? I thought most people eat sil and potato! and they don't seldom say 'must''. You don't sound Swedish at all ;)
21:36 June 23, 2011 by Dilia
Jippie, me going to sing the frog song, dance and drink some god vin. glad Midsommar everyone!!
21:37 June 23, 2011 by Scott McCoy
Midsummer,,just another excuse for a dumb swed to get drunk.
01:37 June 24, 2011 by MichiganLady
#7 why should the Swedes be any different than the rest of the world in this regard?
01:57 June 24, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Surely not! a man sitting at a dinner table without a shirt on....
08:16 June 24, 2011 by Snoopy!
geee Rick your age obviously doesn't assist your cynicism or lack of positiveness.

rain,hail, or shine ill be in the woods hunting trolls ....real ones ; )
17:17 June 24, 2011 by underskyofsweden
Actually I don't see any summer here in Sweden and Midsummer can be somehow misleading!!! It might be MidSpring instaed! ;)
22:16 June 24, 2011 by philster61
It should be called Between winter.....
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