Climate and Average Weather in Sweden

Sweden deals with no less than four different climate types. The southern part of Sweden has a temperate oceanic climate. The interior part of central Sweden experiences a temperate continental climate and the northern half of Sweden has a cool continental climate. In the mountains there is a Alpine climate.

Sweden, like all European countries has four distinct seasons. Characteristic are the relatively high summer temperatures and the fairly mild winters compared to the surrounding countries lying on the same latitude. The country benefits from the fact that it lies close to the mountains in Norway. These mountains largely prevent precipitation and large depressions. The mountains also provide warm temperatures during summer months.

On average, most of Sweden receives between 500 and 800 mm (20 and 31 in) of precipitation each year, making it considerably drier than the global average. The southwestern part of the country receives more precipitation, between 1000 and 1200 mm (39 and 47 in), and some mountain areas in the north are estimated to receive up to 2000 mm (79 in).

Snowfall mainly occurs from December through March in southern Sweden, from November through April in central Sweden, and from October through May in northern Sweden.

The best time to visit Sweden is the period June to August which is summer. This is is the warmest and sunniest period. It is by far the most pleasant time to enjoy your holiday in Sweden, despite the fact that there is on average slightly more precipitation. May and September can also be great months to visit Sweden, but you will experience some cooler nights and evenings.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

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