Sun bathers in northern Sweden. File photo: Bror Persson/Scanpix

Swedes enjoy a fine summer but 2011 was hotter

It's now official - Swedes have enjoyed a fine summer! Sweden's weather agency, SMHI, declares that this summer was both sunnier and warmer than normal.

However, 2013 was a long way from breaking records. The summer of 2011 was hotter, and up against 1997, 2002 and 2006, this year pales in comparison, reports news agency TT.

The highest temperature during the summer months, 31,1 degrees Celsius, was measured in Ängelholm/Barkåkra in early August, which is the lowest maximum temperature since the summer of 1998.

Rainfall has varied greatly. In June there was more rain than normal in most of the country. In July, it swung the other way and was very dry, especially in the south. While August was dry in parts of the north and along the Baltic coast.

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