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Dream weather predicted for Swedish Midsummer

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Dream weather predicted for Swedish Midsummer
Could 2016 produce the conditions for a perfect Swedish Midsummer? Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT
09:22 CEST+02:00
The Swedish summer has been a changeable one so far, with the month of June alone seeing temperatures on the west coast soaring and snow falling in the north within a two week period.

All will be forgiven if the sun comes out on June 24th and 25th however. There's just over a week to go until Swedes take to the countryside to celebrate Midsummer, and for once, it looks like the big festival could be blessed with good weather.

Apart from Christmas, Midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar, and is traditionally celebrated outdoors with food, drinks, songs and dancing. Rain has a habit of dampening celebrations however: in 2015 temperatures in Stockholm barely broke into double digits, and there were showers across large sections of the country.

Not this year, it seems. The latest prognosis from Swedish weather agency SMHI predicts that it will be dry across Sweden on June 24th (Midsummer's Eve), with a chance of temperatures breaking the 20 degree mark. Dream weather for dancing around the maypole, in other words.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the outlook could still change, with the potential for low pressure from the Atlantic to rain on Sweden's parade.

“The prognosis is very, very uncertain. It can change quite a bit from day to day,” SMHI meteorologist Lisa Frost told news agency TT. “There's low pressure out on the Atlantic that could possibly come in over the coming days. I don't think the last word has been said yet about the Midsummer weather,” she concluded.

It's too early to break out the swimwear then, but there is still cause for optimism that it will be a sunny Midsummer. Fingers crossed.

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