Sweden hasn't experienced such a wet May since 1962, according to meteorologists, with double the average rainfall for this time of year across much of the Nordic nation.
The capital bore the brunt of the recent downpours. In fact, Stockholm hasn't had such a rainy month at this time of year for more than two centuries and the recent soggy weather has dampened a number of major events in the city including the annual marathon.
Hornstull in Stockholm looking soggy on May 14th. Photo: The Local
Norrbotten in the north of the country also scored badly in May, with 300 percent more rainful than usual in most of the region. And the south-west of Sweden experienced a battering, with rain and thunder storms hitting the region. One house even burned to the ground
after it was struck by lightning.
The weather was also colder than average, with temperatures edging above 20C on just three days in Skåne in the south of the country. Kristianstad recorded a high of 21.4C, its lowest peak temperature in May since 1962.
Cloud was also a problem in the north, with Luleå, Umeå and Borlänge recording what Swedes call an "antisolskensrekord” (a record lack of sunshine). Not since May 1983 has the sun kept itself so tucked away.
Per Stenborg, a forecaster for Swedish television network SVT said on Monday that the country had been "extremely rainy and sun-starved" in May, and added that "a few hot days" had skewed average temperatures during what felt like an extremely cold few weeks for many people.
Meteorologists are advising Swedes to keep their waterproofs handy in the coming days, with showers expected in the north and south of the country on Monday and Tuesday, and fresh rainfall on Wednesday across the country.
The hottest day of the year so far has been April 20th, when Arvika in Värmland in western Sweden reached an unusually high 22C.