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In Stockholm, capital of Sweden, the climate is Baltic, that is to say, moderately continental
, with freezing winters and mild or pleasantly warm summers. Given the high latitude, the city is exposed to cold air outbreaks from the Pole, but it can also receive mild Atlantic currents.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Stockholm
is well distributed throughout the year, but is not abundant, since it's about 560 millimetres per year; however it has a relative maximum between summer and autumn, and a minimum in spring. Atlantic fronts can therefore pass even in summer. In winter, precipitation usually occurs in the form of snow.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Stockholm
is cold: the average temperature drops below freezing from December to February, is around freezing in March, and typically exceeds the freezing point, with the melting of the snow, in the first half of April. However, the weather varies greatly depending on the period: when mild currents from the Atlantic Ocean prevail, the temperature may exceed freezing by a few degrees even in winter, and rain may fall instead of snow. In other periods, the temperature sinks below freezing, down to -20 °C and more, when an anticyclone of polar or Siberian origin moves over the city.
In the short spring
, in April and May, the weather is variable, and there may be the first mild days, but also returns of cold. It can still snow in late April and it can still get cold in May, but at other times it can already get warm, sometimes in late April, but more often in the second half of May, when an anticyclone can move over Scandinavia, bringing a few summery days in advance.
goes from June to August, and is a mild season, with highs around 20/22 °C, and long days. June is a bit cooler than July, but has the longest days of the year. Hot temperatures are recorded rarely: occasionally the temperature can get to 28/32 °C, but nice days can occur more frequently. However, sometimes at night it can be very cool, or even cold, since the temperature can drop below 10 °C even in this season. The summer at high latitudes begins to decline soon enough, and in the second half of August the rains become more frequent, and the temperature begins to decrease.
, from September to November, is cool and quite rainy as early as September, and then gradually becomes cold and gray; the days shorten rapidly. In November, the temperature is just above freezing, and in this month typically the first snowfalls occur.
The amount of sunshine
in Stockholm is good enough in May and June, and is still acceptable in July and August, while it is definitely low from November to January, when the sun is rarely seen. Given the northern latitude, the days are very short from November to January, so that in February, which is cold as January and can sometimes be even colder, the city becomes a bit brighter.
is Stockholm is cold all year round: it reaches 15 °C in July, and 16 °C in August.
Here are the average sea temperatures.
Sea temperature - Stockholm
When to go
The best time
to visit Stockholm is summer, from June to August: it's generally a pleasant period, although sometimes it can rain. The warmest month is July, but June is usually the sunniest month, and has the longest days (since the summer solstice is the 21st of June). However, even in summer it's better to bring some warm clothes, a jacket or sweater for the evening and any cool days.