Stockholm enjoys driest October on record

Was your umbrella gathering dust in the corner last month? If so, that’s because October was an extremely dry month in Sweden. Indeed, the capital Stockholm enjoyed the driest October since records began.

Stockholm enjoys driest October on record
Djurgårdsbrunn Canal in Stockholm. Photo: Arild Vågen via Wikimedia Commons

The Swedish weather agency SMHI in its monthly summary reported that Stockholm received only 2.7 millimetres of rain.

Not since records began in 1786 has Stockholm enjoyed such a dry month.

The previous record was 3.1 millimetres in October 1866.

The rest of the country was dry too, thanks to a sustained period of high pressure. Some areas of Dalarna, in central Sweden, did not register any measurable precipitation at all.

The month was also warmer than normal in most parts of Sweden, especially in northern Norrland, where the temperatures were two to three degrees higher than average for this time of year.

Last week it was reported that Borlänge in central Sweden had enjoyed more sunshine this October than during any other autumn in history, while Luleå and Umeå in the north were also set to smash records.

But this unseasonably warm and dry weather may not continue. 

Alexandra Ohlsson, meteorologist at the SMHI, warns that, although the next few days are likely to be dry, heavy rain is on the way.

“Next weekend we may get precipitation that affects large parts of the country. It may be the first major rains for southern and central Sweden for quite some time.”

And looking further ahead, some international weather forecasters are predicting an “abnormally cold” winter in Sweden.


Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”