Sweden Weather Guide

Despite its northern latitude, Sweden has a quite temperate climate, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. The weather is quite diverse though, with Stockholm and other southern cities experiencing warmer and milder temps and short winters of just 2 months in duration. On the flipside, the north has a subarctic climate with long winters lasting over 7 months.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Ever wished there were more hours in the day? How about more daylight hours? Well, in the north of Sweden you can experience a 24-hour day. And don’t miss Midsommarafton (Midsummer Eve) – the longest day of the year with plenty of festivities. Generally in June, there’s only about 3.5 hours of darkness, which is kind of weird but kind of awesome. Because of its northerly position, you won’t find temperatures are too extreme or there’s too much humidity. The most rain falls in late summer.

Autumn: September to November

Along with August, Sweden sees the most rainfall in September, so make sure you pack your wellies. The highest amount of rain falls in the southwest. In the north of the country, it’s quite cool but the leaves on the trees still change colour. In the south, it’s far milder with temps hovering around 10 degrees. For budding Tarantinos, don’t miss the Stockholm International Film Festival, which hits town in mid-November and supports young Scandinavian filmmakers.

Winter: December to February

The flipside of those epic long days in summer are the incredibly short days in winter. Known as the Polar Nights, some nights literally don’t end. In general, the days see about 4.5 hours of sunlight. There’s also a considerable amount of snowfall in the country, particularly in the north. In the south, the winters are shorter, but they’re still quite cold. Despite the challenging temps, it’s the time of year to come if you fancy seeing the Northern Lights, or checking out the Christmas markets at the Skansen open-air museum in December.

Spring: March to May

But, if you can’t bear the bitter cold, you can still catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in March and April. You will still find parts of Sweden are covered in snow in spring and in the north, the temps are still as low as 1 degree Celsius, but if you travel south, it’s a mild 9 degrees. On April 30, you’ll also get to experience the typically Swedish customs of Valborgsmässoafrton (Walpurgis Night), which involve lighting bonfires to protect against witches and choral singing plus fireworks at Skansen.