Swedes to bask in unusual October warmth

Temperatures across Sweden are expected to rise considerably over the weekend and through next week.

Swedes to bask in unusual October warmth
Warm temperatures will accompany the autumn colours. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
“The whole country will get it,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at national weather agency SMHI, said. 
Swedes in the southeastern part of the country were enjoying the higher temperatures already on Saturday.
The arrival of an Indian summer will then spread throughout the rest of the nation – albeit by a different name. Indian summer is known in Swedish as Brittsommar, named after Saint Bridget of Sweden (Swedish: den heliga Birgitta, or Britt for short), whose national day is on Sunday. 
“We have hot air that will blow over the country during the day [on Saturday]. There is a chance that we’ll see 17 degrees in the southeastern parts of Götaland,” Ohlsson said. 
The high temps will spread throughout Sweden as the work week gets underway, thanks to hot air moving in from the region around Spain, Portugal and northern Africa.
“It can be 14 to 17 degrees in several locations, even warmer in the southernmost parts,” Oholsson said. 
The highest temperatures are predicted for Kalmar, the pretty city on Sweden’s south-east coast, where SMHI is calling for highs of 19C on Wednesday.


So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 


As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas.