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What's the Midsummer weather like? It's complicated

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What's the Midsummer weather like? It's complicated
Weather gods, if you're reading: something like this Midsummer in Vallentuna please. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
10:14 CEST+02:00
Everyone in Sweden wants to be outside and possibly even singing the frog song on Midsummer Eve. But the forecast this year looks even more unpredictable than usual.

A low-pressure belt sidling in from the south-west is playing Russian roulette with the Swedish weather predictors ahead of the Friday holiday. 

We could have blissful heat beneath a blue sky, or we might witness stray flashes of lightning torch the potatoes and pickled herring. We just don't know. 

All the super-computers in the world can't work out just what this incoming belt is going to do next. 

“All the weather models show that a front is coming, but they're showing varying amounts of activity,” said Marie Stark from meteorological agency SMHI.  

“It's a bit typical that this should happen just when it's Midsummer and the weather is so important to so many people.”

But it's SMHI's job to at least take a stab at predicting what's going to happen, and here's what they're saying.

Malmö and the rest of the south coast, and the south-eastern coast, have the best chance of seeing the sun throughout the day. 

Other parts of Götaland — the most southerly chunk of the country, which also includes Gothenburg — can expect scattered showers, at times growing more persistent. 

This uncertain prediction also goes for Svealand, the central area that's home to Stockholm and the picturesque Dalarna region. 

The wet weather is expected to move into southern Norrland towards the evening, with rain from the north-east also edging into northern Norrland. Most of northern Sweden is expected to stay dry, however, although there won't be much sun.

Temperatures in the low twenties will make this year's Midsummer holiday warmer than last year, and Marie Stark was putting a positive spin on things.

“We have weather that varies ,and we have a Midsummer date that varies — that's part of what we appreciate and remember,” she said.

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