Spring arrives in southern Sweden with record-breaking temperatures

It is now officially spring in Skåne, and a record high February temperature has been recorded in Kalmar.

Spring arrives in southern Sweden with record-breaking temperatures
Snowdrops and Winter Aconites photographed in Malmö on Thursday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The map of spring's arrival on the website of Sweden's state weather forecaster SMHI shows that spring (green) has now crept up a thin strip of land along the coast:

Meanwhile, a temperature of 16.8C was recorded in Kalmar, Småland, something SMHI meteorologist Jon Järpeland put down to the 'Föhn effect', a warm wind created when air has dropped most of its moisture on windward slopes. It's a new temperature record for the month of February.

“We've been hit by some really warm air,” he told the TT newswire, adding that the warmth would stay for several days.

“It might not be quite as warm as it is now, but it's going to be above freezing and relatively mild.”

The Föhn effect happens when moisture-laden air passes the highlands of Småland. Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany all have a warmer climate, because wind from the Mediterranean creates a Föhn effect after crossing the Alps.

The Local's editor Emma Löfgren marked the changing seasons in central Sweden with a tweet.

Sweden's TT newswire have today posted up photos of spring flowers in Malmö:

A woman photographing the spring flowers in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”