Swedish weather: Last warm weekend before temperatures drop

The weekend is set to stay warm and sunny in Sweden, with warnings of wildfires and hosepipe bans still in place in many areas. But temperatures are expected to cool down next week.

Swedish weather: Last warm weekend before temperatures drop
The Knäbäckshusen beach in southern Sweden was very busy last weekend. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

“We have a very warm weekend ahead, especially in the southern parts of the country where there's a summer heatwave in many areas. There is a lot of sun forecast, especially in Götaland and Svealand (southern and central Sweden),” Alexandra Ohlsson, meteorologist at national weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

Sunny weather is also forecast for the northern coastal areas, and some parts of southern Norrland.

There are a few concerns.

One of those is that the summer weather causes people to flock to beaches in large groups – although outdoor locations such as beaches are not believed to be among the most high-risk in terms of spreading the coronavirus, people are still urged to keep their distance to others and avoid socialising with people outside their closest circle.

There are also several warnings in place for the risk of wildfires and high temperatures, especially in southern and central Sweden. And many local authorities have introduced hosepipe bans and barbecue bans.

As it happens, autumn has already arrived in Sweden, at least according to the country's meteorological definition which states that autumn is here when daily average temperatures stay below 10C for five consecutive days.

Tarfala in the far north of Sweden in fact saw the arrival of autumn on August 2nd, which is not unusual. But in most of Sweden, summer is set to stick around a while longer despite the cooler weather expected next week.

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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.