“This is a pretty sharp contrast to the warm weather we’ve just seen,” Lovisa Andersson, meteorologist at meteorological institute SMHI said to news agency TT.
Indeed, you could be excused for thinking that the current chill is more like winter than summer. It was actually colder in the capital yesterday than on Christmas Eve.
“The temperature was a degree lower than it was at Christmas in Stockholm, so it is colder. And it’s windier, too,” said SMHI’s meteorologist Lisa Frost to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The less than balmy temperatures are likely to last a few more days yet, warned SMHI.
The cold is expected to last at least for the first couple of days of next week, and much of the country will continue to be covered by rainclouds on Monday and Tuesday.
However, by the coming weekend the temperatures may rise once more, hitting 20 degrees Celsius in many parts of Sweden, according to SMHI.
The country’s southern-most areas have the best chance of sun.
Stockholm isn’t alone in the unusually harsh weather for the season. June kicked off with up to 20 centimetres of snow and several degrees below freezing in parts of northern Sweden.