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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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.