-1 to 21°C
2498 hours
sunshine per day
289 mm
182 days
129 days
54 days

Climate of Sweden

Sweden is located in northern Europe and has a varied climate, ranging from temperate in the south to subarctic in the north. This diversity is mainly due to the country's vastness, stretching from the Baltic Sea in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north.

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between -1°C and 21°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between -4°C and 14°C
  • Rain: it rains 129 days and there is a total of approximately 289 mm rainfall
  • Snow: it snows an average of 54 days per year
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 2498 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between -1°C and 21°C
Warmest month: 21°C in July
Coldest month: -1°C in January
Night temperature: between -4°C and 14°C
Dry days: 182 days
Days with rain: 129 days
Days with snow: 54 days
Total rain sum: 289 mm
Hours of sunshine: 2498 hours

General climate


Sweden has a temperate climate, although winters are much colder in the north and summers are shorter. This is due to the country's northern location. However, the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream makes for relatively mild temperatures, especially compared to other areas at the same latitude.

The Swedish climate is diverse and varies considerably from south to north. While the south has mild winters and pleasant summers, the north has a harsher climate with harsh winters and short summers. This diversity offers residents and visitors alike a variety of experiences, from sunny summer days in Stockholm to the magical northern lights in Kiruna. Sweden's natural beauty is enhanced by this climatic diversity, making Sweden a unique travel destination at any time of year.

Average temperatures, rain and snow


In southern Sweden, average summer temperatures are around 20°C and winters are mild, with average temperatures around freezing. Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, increasing slightly in the summer months.

In the north, summers are short and cool, with average temperatures around 15°C, while winters are long and harsh, with temperatures often dropping below -20°C. Heavy snowfalls occur in the north, especially in the mountainous regions.

Climate of southern Sweden


South Sweden, including cities such as Stockholm and Göteborg, has a temperate maritime climate. Summers are pleasantly warm and winters are relatively mild. Rainfall is fairly constant throughout the year, peaking in late summer.


In winter the average temperature is around 0°C and summer is mild with an average temperature of around 17°C. The region receives between 500 and 800 mm of precipitation per year, while the southwestern part receives slightly more precipitation (1,000 to 1,200 mm).

Climate of central Sweden


In central Sweden, where cities such as Uppsala and Örebro are located, the climate is slightly cooler than in the south. Winters are colder and summers are pleasant, but not as hot as in the south. Snowfall is more common in winter, especially at higher elevations.

The winters are colder than in the south, with average temperatures between -3°C and -4°C in cities such as Stockholm and Örebro. Summer temperatures are between 16°C and 17°C. Like southern Sweden, central Sweden receives about 500 to 800 mm of precipitation per year.

Climate of northern Sweden


The climate of northern Sweden is subarctic. This area, which includes cities such as Kiruna, has very short, cool summers and long, cold winters. The polar night and the midnight sun are notable phenomena in this part of the country, where the sun does not rise in the winter months and does not set in the summer.

Northern Sweden experiences much colder winters, with average temperatures dropping to about -12°C in cities such as Luleå and Kiruna. Summer temperatures are cooler, averaging 12 to 15°C. Rainfall is similar to that in other parts of Sweden, although the region can experience significant snowfall in the winter months.

Swedish Highlands

The Swedish Highlands in the northwest of the country have a high-mountain climate. The heavy snowfall and low temperatures in winter make the area popular with winter sports enthusiasts. Summer is short and cool, ideal for hiking and enjoying nature.

This region has very cold winters. Average winter temperatures can drop to -10°C or below, while summer temperatures remain relatively cool. The highlands receive more precipitation than other parts of Sweden, especially in the form of snow in the winter.

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Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for Sweden.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for Sweden.

Climate table of Sweden

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for Sweden. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for Sweden might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) -1 0 3 9 15 18 21 20 16 10 5 1
Night temp. (°C) -4 -4 -2 3 7 10 14 13 10 6 2 -2
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 21 19 21 16 21 30 34 29 20 29 26 23
Days with rain 6 4 10 10 12 14 16 14 11 12 12 8
Days with snow 13 13 10 3 - - - - - 1 4 10
Dry days 12 11 11 17 19 16 15 17 19 18 14 13
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 3 3 5 8 10 13 11 10 8 4 4 2
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 2 2

Best time to visit Sweden

The best time to visit Sweden depends largely on what you want to do and see. Known for its beautiful nature and rich culture, this Scandinavian country offers different experiences depending on the season and region. Sweden is a country of great diversity that offers something for every traveler, depending on the season and region.

Best travel time for southern Sweden


May through September are the best months to go to southern Sweden. Southern Sweden with cities such as Malmö and Gothenburg is known for its temperate climate and long summer days.

Summer, from June to August, is ideal for city sightseeing, nature walks and coastal exploration.

Lente (May - June): Nature is blooming, the weather is pleasant for active recreation.

Summer (July - August): Warm and lively, ideal for beaches and festivals.

Early autumn (September): Less crowded and still pleasant weather.

Best travel time for central Sweden


If you want to visit central Sweden, June through August are the best months to visit. Central Sweden, including Stockholm, is ideal for summer. The days are long and the cities are full of life. Be sure to visit the Stockholm archipelago during this time.

Summer (June - August): Ideal for sightseeing and exploring the archipelago.

Early autumn (September): Beautiful autumn colors and pleasant temperatures.

Best travel time for northern Sweden


The best travel time for northern Sweden is December through March for winter fun and June through August for the midnight sun. Northern Sweden, including Lapland, is known for its extreme seasons. In winter, it is a wonderland for snow fun and northern lights. In summer, you can see the midnight sun.

Winter (December - March): Ideal for northern lights, skiing and dog sledding.

Summer (June - August): Unique midnight sun, ideal for hiking.

Best travel time for the Swedish Highlands


If the Swedish Highlands are on your wish list, we recommend February through April for winter sports and June through September if you want to hike. The Swedish Highlands are an adventurer's paradise. In winter they attract skiers and snowboarders, while summer is ideal for hiking and exploring the national parks.

Late winter (February - April):The best time for winter sports when there is still plenty of snow.

Summer (June - September): Ideal for hiking, fishing and enjoying nature.

Climate of Sweden by month

What is the average climate in a given month for Sweden? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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