‘Hottest in 50 years’: Swedish Midsummer set to be a scorcher

This Midsummer could be Sweden's warmest since 1970, weather forecasters say, with temperatures of up to 30 degrees expected for southern Sweden and between 20-25 degrees expected further north.

'Hottest in 50 years': Swedish Midsummer set to be a scorcher
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“It could potentially be the hottest Midsummer’s Eve in 50 years,” SVT’s meteorologist Tora Tomasdottir told the public broadcaster.

In 1970, temperatures of 34.4 degrees were measured in Köping on Midsummer.

“It’s not going to be that hot this year, but we could reach over the 31 degrees measured in Målilla six years ago,” she further told SVT.

“For those planning on partying all night long, you maybe don’t need to take that many extra layers with you, as it will be warm during the evening, too,” Tomasdottir told SVT.

“This is higher, or much higher, than normal when it comes to temperature,” meteorologist Charlotta Eriksson, from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, told TT newswire.

Things are expected to start warming up on Thursday, with the weather looking to remain fine throughout the weekend – so you may be able to host your Midsummer buffet outside this year.

“The weather situation is becoming more stable with a high pressure front moving in from the south,” Eriksson said.

On Midsummer’s Eve this Friday, the weather forecasts are predicting sun across the country, except in the most northerly areas of Sweden, which may see clouds and showers in the morning. However, the weather is also expected to clear up later in the day in those areas.

Those in southern Sweden can expect temperatures of between 25-30 degrees on Friday, with 20-25 degrees further north. In mountainous areas in the far north of the country, the temperature will reach around 15 degrees. Wind could affect these temperatures near lakes and on the eastern coast of the country, Eriksson explained.

“Expect to see onshore winds on the east coast. Considering the sea is relatively cold at this time of year, temperatures will be colder, around 20 degrees, along the coast and on islands in the archipelago,” she said.

“The hot air will stay over the weekend, so it will be really hot during the day.”

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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.