'There's no cold weather in sight for Sweden'

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'There's no cold weather in sight for Sweden'
Swedes soaking up the sun on the island of Gotland. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden has waited. And waited. And waited. But it finally looks as if summer is here to stay, with the mercury climbing to 30C later this week.


Good news for Swedes, who this spring and summer experienced their wettest May in decades, followed by a soaked Midsummer's Eve and a strawberry shortage (that's a very big deal in Sweden, by the way).

But on Monday the Nordic country breathed a collective sigh of relief as it finally looked as if summer had arrived, as promised by weather forecasters last week.

Stockholm and Gothenburg could both experience some rain today, according to meteorologists. But it will get better on Tuesday already, with temperatures set to remain at around 18–21C.

“Even though it will be a bit unsteady, we won't have the same cold mass of air we've previously had. And on Wednesday exciting things will start to happen when a high pressure wave thunders in,” meteorologist Nitzan Cohen at Foreca told Sweden's Metro newspaper on Monday.

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If you live in, or are visiting, the Swedish capital you will be in for a treat. Temperatures of 27-28C are set to sweep in over Stockholm on Thursday, edging up to a whopping 30C on Friday.

“It will be the warmest in Stockholm and Gothenburg and Malmö will have around 25C. The heatwave will continue and there is no cold weather in sight,” said Cohen.

And on the island of Gotland, where Sweden is celebrating its annual week-long festival of power politics, people were already enjoying the warm weather on Monday afternoon.

Last month, temperatures rose above 20C on just three days, with Kristianstad in Skåne recording the country's high of 21.4C, its lowest peak in May since 1962. 

“The weather has been miserable, especially in the south of Sweden,” said Groth.

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After the darkest winter on record, Swedes are likely to take full advantage of next week's warmer temperatures, perhaps by going to one of Stockholm's ten unmissable outdoor bars or hiking along Sweden's High Coast.


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