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Sweden soaks up mild Indian 'summer' day

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Sweden soaks up mild Indian 'summer' day
16:47 CEST+02:00
Swedes learned on Monday that winter was nowhere in sight yet as an "Indian summer" day passed through the country, bringing temperatures as high as 19.5C.

Put away those gloves and scarves, summer is back. Well, Swedish summer is back. For at least three days, anyway.

Monday saw temperatures in southern Sweden stretch up to 19.5C in Oskarshamn in southern Sweden and almost 20C in Östra Götland.

Stockholm and Gothenburg reached as high as 16C and Malmö hit 15C just after lunch. Stockholm's average high during an October day is 10C.

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"I would say it's a little bit of an Indian summer," meteorologist Lisa Frost from Swedish weather agency SMHI told the TT news agency, adding that a real Indian summer would have less clouds than Swedes experienced on Monday.

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Indian summer is known in Swedish as Brittsommar, named after Saint Bridget of Sweden (Swedish: den heliga Birgitta, or Britt for short), whose national day was also incidentally on Monday.

The warm temperatures are set to remain through Tuesday and Wednesday, after which rain and cooler temperatures will hit be on the cards as a typical October is restored.

And a proper Scandinavian winter is just around the corner.

"Some mountain stations have already experienced a meteorological winter, and in northern Norrland, winter usually hits between October 19th an November 1st," Frost added.

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