Stockholm Weather Guide
Despite being in the north of Europe, Sweden isn’t freezing cold. Stockholm has a humid climate with warm summers lasting from the end of May through to early September. Because of its really high latitude you’ll find the length of days vary greatly between seasons, in summer it seems like days never end, with up to 17.5 hours of daylight, while winter is the flipside. Ideally, the best time to visit Stockholm is summer or autumn. While June and August is holiday season for locals, there are also massive discounts on hotels in this period. Go figure.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
In Summer the days are long and the parties are endless. Temperatures average around 22 degrees with some days reaching the high 20s. While July and August are the wettest months of the year, the showers are brief, so it shouldn’t put you out too much. Also, summer is crayfish season, and that means crayfish parties – a cherished tradition in Sweden. There are a bunch of restaurants that host these parties in August.
Average temperatures: 13 – 29 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light layers, shorts, t-shirts and a jumper for night time.
Don’t forget: Sunscreen, a hat and your dancing shoes.
Autumn: September to November
Autumn is a lovely time to visit and not just because of the temperature. With the change of seasons comes the change of leaves, with much of the landscape turning a beautiful blend of yellow, orange and red. In autumn temperatures reach around 10 degrees, so it’s not bitterly cold, but you will still need to rug up. It’s also one of the wetter seasons and when the first snow falls.
Average temperatures: 1 – 10 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, jeans, jumpers and a coat for night time.
Don’t forget: A camera and umbrella.
Winter: December to February
While the days in summer are endless, Stockholm’s winter days are short, lasting only 6 hours mid winter. The weather is pretty grey and the temps can sink below zero causing snowfall. Despite the grey days, when it snows it’s really pretty in Stockholm and is actually quite a magical time to visit. Just make sure you pack serious winter clothing and you’ll have a ball dogsledding and snowmobiling.
Average temperatures: -5 – 1 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, thermals, jumper, pants, beanie and boots.
Don’t forget: A waterproof coat.
Spring: March to May
In spring in Stockholm it’s starting to warm up, but you will still get fresh, artic breezes. March is quite fresh with temperatures still below zero at times, but May is quite mild with temperatures around 16 degrees. You’ll find quite a few events happen in spring including a Cherry Blossom day in the park at Kungsträdgården.
Average temperatures: -3 – 16 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, jeans, long sleeve tops and jumpers.
Don’t forget: A coat and big scarf.