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Sweden braces for 'real' winter weather

The Local/rm · 1 Dec 2011, 10:16

Published: 01 Dec 2011 10:16 GMT+01:00

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“The weather will be low pressure areas, but it is hard as of yet to predict exactly where they will pass,” Lisa Frost at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), told daily Dagens Nyheter.

According to SMHI the lingering mild autumnal weather in Sweden has been due to a stable high-pressure front over central and southeast Europe.

However, this area is giving way to a series of low-pressure fronts coming in from the Atlantic within the next few days.

This means that the chilly Arctic weather will sweep down behind each low-pressure front and forecasters predict that every day next week will be a little colder than the previous.

By Saturday the first snow will sweep in over northern Sweden, although most of the precipitation in the more southern parts are expected to bring rain or sleet.

Coastal areas will also have to wait until well into next week to see minus degrees, with a little colder temperatures predicted for inland areas.

Although forecasts for next week and beyond are more uncertain, meteorologists believe that more precipitation will move in from the west, which could well be bringing snow as far south as the Gothenburg area.

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According to SMHI's definition, the winter has so far only reached the far north of the country and some parts of central Sweden.

For the forecasters to consider temperatures to indicate winter, the average temperature must fall below zero degrees Celsius for at least five consecutive days.

The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:02 December 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
In other words, it may snow, rain or be dry and it could possibly be cold or warm for the time of the year
11:08 December 1, 2011 by robban70226
ll Well,

I do not need to be a Meteorologist to make a 100% forecast:

Here it is;

sooner or latter it will be cold and snow MAYBE a lot or maybe not. It will be a kaos in the traffic and the public transportation systems will go bad but the politicians will apology and promise to fix it latter

some snow will be here in the next 3 months,

Also it will be hot and Sunny next year 2012. but it will also rain.

For a more up to day weather report look out of your window, what you see is what you get.

100% accurate forecast
11:50 December 1, 2011 by skogsbo
there is some quality translating or quoting here. SMHI warns do they, no they just predict that winter weather will finally arrive, it's late and to most it's welcome. Sweden needs it winter, it's better for tourism and strangely it's good for the forest as the likes of spruces grow better if it's a colder winter.It also helps them hold their needles as Xmas trees(they put sugar in them).

The snow will arrive from the west, that's fairly likely as continental air flows rarely carry much moisture. Oh but hang on, the local calls it Artic weather, surely that's north, or perhaps Scandanavia will have Scandanavian weather? - crazy concept I know.

With a bit of effort, the local could become a quality news website, but it doesn't look like it's going to be this side of Xmas!
19:34 December 1, 2011 by Steggles
I think the heat followed me from Australia three months ago and has decided to stay

Sorry to have messed up the Swedish winter........but i'm not complaining.
22:46 December 1, 2011 by wxman
Going out on a limb predicting normal winter weather. Edgy.
16:38 December 2, 2011 by s/shorrock
I am hoping the weather wont be as bad as last xmas when I came over from England but it was beautiful and will be coming over again on the 22nd Dec.
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