Tentative promise of summer’s Sweden return

Tentative promise of summer's Sweden return
This could be you this week. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
As thunderstorms were moving in over parts of Sweden on Wednesday, meteorologists promised that the summer sun was set to make a comeback.

Let's not pull any punches: the Swedish summer has been horrendous so far. With the majority of Swedes claiming their annual holidays as a four-week block in the middle of the season, the weather has been at the forefront of most people's minds in the past month.

But after weeks of rain and thunderstorms – not to mention a wetter July than normal – the sun is set to make a comeback, according to meteorologists. And this time, it could be here to stay.

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Southern and central parts of Sweden stand a good chance of enjoying some clear skies on Thursday, with temperatures expected to land at between 18 and 24 degrees.

“In northern parts there's likely to be plenty of sun, but the clouds may also be a bit closer together and there may be occasional rainfalls in some areas,” Sandra Andersson, meteorologist at the Swedish weather institute SMHI, told the TT newswire on Wednesday.

But Friday is your best bet to go out and enjoy a drink after work in the sunshine with your Swedish colleagues who have just got back from their four weeks of summer holidays. Just don't listen to them moaning too much about the poor timing of their return to work.

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The mercury is expected to climb to just above 20C in northern parts of Sweden on Friday, edging up to a possible 25C further south. And if you spent this summer in the Nordic country, you know that that is as close to a heatwave as you are going to get.

“It could get even warmer than that in some areas,” said Andersson.

She said it looks like temperatures are set to remain high throughout next week. But, wise from the less than reliable summer, meteorologists are hesitant to make any firm promises.

“There is a chance, but there's also a low pressure front moving in that could cause more rain falls instead,” said Andersson.

This year Sweden experienced the wettest May in decades and a series of heavy downpours this summer.