Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Summer has come to a definite end in Kiruna as residents of the northern town were greeted with a blanket of snow on Sunday morning.

Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Kiruna, located in far northern Sweden, traditionally experiences the chill a bit earlier than the rest of the country. Locals were forced to get the shovels out as the white stuff made its autumn appearance.

"Yes, now it's winter time again. The cars are full with snow and you can go out and build snowmen for those that want to. For others it's time to get shovelling," local resident Nils Aspehult told the Expressen newspaper.

The 73-year-old said September snow wasn't uncommon in the region, which often gets bitterly cold temperatures. Indeed, the coldest reading ever recorded in Kiruna was a spine-chilling -49C way back in 1966.

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI said that the snow was "expected" according to meteorologist Lisa Frost.

"It's rather normal to get snow in September. And this is not the first snow of the year, back in August there was snow in the mountains in Lapland," Frost told the TT news agency.

In June The Local reported that a young boy in southern Sweden built a snowman after a freak hailstorm.

SMHI has stated that the warm temperatures which much of the rest of the country has been experiencing will soon be a thing of the past. Rainfall and lower temperatures are set to sweep across Sweden over the coming week.

A class one warning has been issued for east Svealand and northeastern Götaland. In Stockholm an estimated 20-40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall between Sunday night and Monday afternoon.  

The Local/TT/pr 

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