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Sweden local weather (Stockholm)

Planning your next vacation? After deciding where to go, the next step before creating an itinerary line-up is knowing when to go. A little weather research could spell the difference between an awesome sunny tour and being stranded at the airport for a week right smack in the middle of a storm.

For those of you traveling to Sweden in the near future, here's a quick guide on what to expect per season, what attractions to expect, and the best and worst time to visit Sweden.

Summer in Sweden

Many would agree, locals and tourists alike, that summer is the best time to visit Sweden. Temperatures range from as high as 28°C to as low as 5°, depending which part of the country you're at. Besides the pleasantly warm weather, midsummer in Sweden is especially popular because of a unique phenomenon called the “midnight sun”. Tourists flock to the northern part of the country to experience 24-hours of unbroken sunlight!

Swedish summers usually last from June to August and this is the most expensive time of year to visit.

Winter in Sweden

People don't usually visit Sweden during winter unless they have to. And, even then, they'll probably think of every excuse to keep them from going especially if they're heading up north. Swedish winters can be harsh and unforgivably cold. While adventurous skiers and winter sports enthusiast would probably be interested in all the snow, it's still not the best idea to go all-out. There are some areas up north that experience little to no sunlight at all, making skiing and other winter sports impossible (unless you have a thrill for skiing in the dark).

On a lighter note, there are some perks to visiting during winter. A rare treat pops up in the northern skies every winter season the northern lights. This unique natural phenomenon can only be seen during winter time, from September to March in Sweden. Visitors hoping to catch a view of the show usually hike up to the northernmost cities of Kiruna and Luleå or to the Aurora Sky Station at Abisko National Park.
Winter lasts from November to March.

Spring and Autumn

Spring flowers rise from underneath the melting snow during the Spring and Autumn months. Temperatures range from 1°C to 10°C depending on which part of the country you're at. Spring lasts from May to June while Autumn lasts from September to October.
Autumn and Summer months experience the most rains throughout the year.