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Sweden Weather

Sweden Weather

Overview

Climate in Sweden is quite mild considered the geographic position of the country. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the many lakes found in the country and the Gulf of Bothnia winters can be much warmer than other places located much southern. Temperature leaps are often reasonable as well, both from season to season and from day to night.

The country can be classified into three zones: the South, the Center and the North. Latitude affects the weather and the amount of hours of daylight that can be enjoyed during our stay: during the summer indeed it is not uncommon for many (especially northern) regions to get benefit of extremely long days when the sun does not set for weeks.

Weather in in Sweden

The Southern regions of Sweden are the mostly populous of the country, thus this area is where most of tourists are directed to. Winters in Sweden are quite cold yet short while warm and wet summers boost temperatures between 15 to 25 degrees in July. On the other hand, traveling further north will see summers becoming shorter and more changeable, and winters getting more severe, affected also by very long nights. February is the coldest month in Sweden and temperature ranges between -3°C and -22°C. Anyway it is not unusual to record temperature below -30°C in the far north of the country. Springs and falls are unpredictable especially around the Southern coast, and rainfalls can basically occur anytime.
The Central part of the country sees cooler temperatures than the Southern part: the average temperature in winter is -4°C, in spring and autumn 4°C and 18°C during the pleasant summer. However snow falls more often compared to the Southern regions and several ski resorts are found in this area.

Tourism

Stockholm is a cosmopolitan city built on fourteen islands that offers thriving nightlife and both modern and classical architecture. As predictable, the city is best seen in summer, due to the long hours of sunshine and warm climate but a very interesting alternative might be visiting the capital of Sweden in early September, experiencing the color changes of the nature. As already said, the central part of the country is dotted with about two hundred ski resorts that obviously are hit during the winter. The cold season brings other interesting opportunity, especially in the North, such as the possibility of tracking moose and wild reindeer and seeing the Northern Lights. In spring a visit on the countryside will reward visitors with the amazing opportunity of enjoying wildflowers blooming in magnificent fields.

Clothing

Packing for a trip to Sweden can require serious preparation. During most of the year one would need a coat, in winter definitely combined with warm clothes. Bringing a raincoat is also recommended, anytime of the year. Although summer in Sweden is nice and pleasant, and the most popular clothes are jeans and natural fabrics, a sweater is anyway required, because nights can usually get chilly.

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