‘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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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.