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Sun set to shine on late Swedish summer

TT/The Local/pvs · 21 Jul 2012, 09:30

Published: 21 Jul 2012 09:30 GMT+02:00

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"Those who go on holiday now seem to have drawn the long straw," said Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.

The summer heat is set to arrive already this weekend with sunny spells and dry weather in most parts of the country and with temperatures set to climb.

According to SMHI the mercury in some parts may display temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. And what's more, the nice weather is set to last.

"There will be generous temperatures when compared to how we have had it earlier this summer. We may be up to 23 or 24 degrees in some places," Alexandra Ohlsson said.

Following some 22 millimetres of rain in Roslagen north of Stockholm during the night, the skies are set to clear in mid-morning as a high pressure front pushes in across southern and central parts of the country.

Sunday promises temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius in Götaland and Svealand with only Norrland experiencing showers.

The high pressure front is set to bless Sweden with something approaching July weather for the remainder of the week.

In an analysis of the first two weeks of July from last week, SMHI concluded that it has been cold and rainy, although far from record-breaking in terms of precipitation.

Småland and Dalarna have been the worst hit with widespread flooding reported in some areas and over 100 millimetres of rain falling during the period.

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While Swedes have been booking foreign holidays in droves in order to stock up on the sunshine, and despite appearances to the contrary, SMHI has concluded that the first half of July recorded fairly normal temperatures.

"I suspect that many think it was cold. But across the country generally, we have had normal temperatures. The reason for this is that at the beginning of the month we had a few days that were warmer than normal," Ohlsson said.

"Looking at the rainfall it is actually also close to normal in most places," she added.

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Your comments about this article

11:34 July 21, 2012 by J Jack
Why must TL use a word like 'hitherto'? That's not modern English.
12:05 July 21, 2012 by Rishonim
"Hitherto" Whence such adoxography
16:06 July 21, 2012 by canam
It's drawing the "short" straw or stick that means losing, not drawing the "long straw".
17:10 July 21, 2012 by Smokebox
I hope so heading over next weekend!!
20:21 July 21, 2012 by Amber Dawn
They are saying those who waited until not to go on holiday are the winners, thereby pulling the long straw.
20:52 July 21, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
I had a really hard time understanding this article. Doesn't The Local have any native English speaking writers?
22:29 July 21, 2012 by jackityjack
@canam drawing the long straw I guess means they win (by taking holidays during fine weather)
06:03 July 22, 2012 by canam
@jackityjack and amber - yeah I realized it after I commented...of course :)
14:25 July 22, 2012 by rise
Again a word here I've never seen before and had to look up:


Why not use more 'normal' phrases like "so far, thus far, till now"? In that way The Local's readers would even know what you meant. ;)
10:29 July 23, 2012 by Byggare Bob
or perhaps you should be thanking TL's writers for expanding your linguistic horizons. Hitherto is an excellent word, right up there with slew, forthwith and henceforth.

More of the same please The Local - 'normal phrases' are for nincompoops.
15:50 July 23, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
No matter what we think of the use of certain words in this article the fact remains that it's still raining and not very warm! :(
09:26 July 24, 2012 by EP
Based on a few sunny days, I can just hear the Swedes now saying: Swedish summer is the best in the world ... just like strawberries.

Yeah, if you call mainly rainy days with a week here and there of sunshine summer, ok ...
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