Even though the calendar suggests that it’s March, the thermometer is behaving like it’s January.
The mercury dropped as low as -20C in Stockholm on Sunday night, and -22C in some parts of Dalarna in central Sweden. While these two areas were among the worst hit, the chill was felt across the whole country.
“Only Munka-Ljunby in north-western Skåne (southern Sweden) recorded higher then zero, but not by much – just 0.2C,” wrote Sweden’s weather agency SMHI on its website.
Experts have suggested that the winter chill wasn’t just a one-off, either.
“We’ll have below-freezing temperatures even during the day time for the whole week,” Linnea Rehn, meteorologist at SMHI, told the TT news agency.
After the week is over, Rehn predicted that the weather should reflect something more like spring.
“It will be milder by then, especially in southern Sweden,” she said.