Six tell-tale signs of spring in Sweden

In honour of a spring equinox marked by snow and bone-chilling temperatures, The Local uncovers a few ways to help remind readers that, despite the snow and cold, spring in Sweden can't be too far away.

Six tell-tale signs of spring in Sweden

This year’s spring equinox falls on March 20th, a day when the Earth is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun and which is hailed in many places in the northern hemisphere as the unofficial arrival of spring.

Not surprisingly, however, things are a little different here in Sweden.

For some, spring in Sweden starts on March 1st, weather be damned.

And while the equinox (vårdagjämning in Swedish) certainly gets a mention when it comes to marking the end of winter, this year’s vernal equinox has been marked by temperatures five to ten degrees below normal, according to meteorologists at weather agency SMHI.

IN PICTURES: Six signs that spring is coming to Sweden

In fact, SMHI has staked out a claim as the agency that decides when winter is over and spring has finally sprung.

Being a Swedish agency, SMHI has very precise and elaborate rules for determining the arrival of spring.

According to the agency, Swedes can celebrate spring’s arrival when the median daily temperature is on the rise and remains between 0C and 10C for at least seven days in a row.

SEE ALSO: Read the weather forecast for your corner of Sweden

With below-freezing temperatures expected across Sweden for at least another week, it’s safe to say that no one is popping a springtime champagne at SMHI.

Despite the weather, there are other ways to prepare for spring fever. We’ve gathered a few together to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the clues that winter’s end is in sight.

Click here to see out our list year. But don’t put away that winter coat quite yet.

David Landes

Follow David Landes on Twitter

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”