Here’s where you might get a white Christmas in Sweden

Living in Sweden normally massively boosts your chances of a white Christmas. But this year, you can only expect one in a few places. Here's where.

Here's where you might get a white Christmas in Sweden
Families enjoy snowfall on the day before New Year's Eve in Malmö, back in 2018. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
“If we look at Christmas Eve, it looks like it will be a white Christmas from the north of Dalarna, and then up the inner part of Norrland,” Lisa Frost, a meteorologist at Sweden's state forecaster SMHI told The Local.

“It's possible there might be little snow on the coast from about Skellefteå further north.” 
So for those living in Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm, and even in the northern city of Umeå, you can expect grey skies and rain. 
The culprit, a warm air front which landed on Sweden over the weekend, is set to be replaced by a colder air from Christmas Eve itself, however. 
From Boxing Day on Saturday and then over weekend, temperatures will drop and there will also be precipitation, which might mean snowfall, at least in the north, Frost said.
Värmland, Dalarna and Västernorrland, meanwhile, might even get a glimpse of the sun. 
This Christmas was already set to be different, with many unable to meet their loved ones. Now it seems it's also going to be grey and rainy. Time perhaps to stock up on glögg, gingerbread or other treats to add some warmth to the winter.
Here's a map showing the depth of snow across Sweden in the week ending Sunday December 20th. 
Source: Screengrab/SMHI

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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.