Winter sneaking up on Sweden after mild autumn

The arrival of winter is likely to be felt in Sweden in coming days, with cold air gradually moving across the temperature and bringing incremental temperature drops.

Winter sneaking up on Sweden after mild autumn
Wintry scenes like this are set to make a comeback within the next week. File photo: Henrik Holmberg/TT

Although it still looks like autumn in most of the country, winter will be almost everywhere by next weekend, according to Linus Dock of national meteorological agency SMHI.

“A high pressure area will arrive today and establish itself in the south, and there will be above-zero temperatures and weak winds. But in the north, a low-pressure zone has passed across and it has been very windy in the Lapland mountains,” Dock said early on Saturday.

Temperatures will begin to drop below zero on Sunday, the meteorologist said.

“Colder air will spread in the south of the country. It will begin to feel colder and drier, but will still be above zero south of Dalarna County,” he said.

However, winter is on its way, with the week just gone possibly the last to see plus-degree temperatures this autumn.

“Yes, winter is getting started. On Monday there will be some warm air, but there will be cooler masses of air coming in from the east, especially in Götaland. At that point it will be warmer in the north,” Dock said.

Towards next weekend it will get colder throughout the whole country, according to the SMHI forecaster.

“The really cold air will arrive next weekend. Although the forecast is more uncertain, the cold appears to be on its way,” he said.

Autumn this year has been a little more mild than usual, the meteorologist also said, following a summer that broke several records with its long periods of hot, dry weather.

“Temperatures in Götaland are usually 4-5 degrees (Celsius), and 2-3 degrees in Svealand at this time of year. Norrland usually has single-figure sub-zero temperatures. But (the temperature) has been up to ten degrees plus,” he said.

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.