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ONLY SIX DAYS OVER 25 DEGREES

The Mediterranean stole the Swedish summer

Published torsdag 23 augusti 2012 kl 09.50

It's now official - summer in Sweden has been a washout. Figures from the Met Office published in daily broadsheet Dagens Nyheter show that in Stockholm, Swedes enjoyed only six days of temperatures reaching over 25 Celsius this summer, compared to 28 days last year - and it's the Mediterranean's fault.

One night in June, temperatures even dipped to just 4.5 degrees Celsius while DN says that autumn is already here with cooler temperatures and a lot of rain.

"We have not had any real heatwave. Both June and July, we were only up above 25 degrees for a few days, there has also been a lot of rain," Lisa Frost at the Met Office tells Dagens Nyheter.

In Sweden's two other major cities, Malmö had nine days of summer heat and Gothenburg five and we can blame the Mediterranean.

"We have had a powerful ridge of high pressure put on hold in the Mediterranean. It has been really hot. It means low pressure has gone up over us, giving us unstable weather. We have had occasional high pressure, but that has been further south," says Lisa Frost.

The summer has also been unusually wet in Sweden's capital with June the wettest since records began in 1786. In July, Småland county was hit by severe flooding

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