It’s summer weather in Sweden. Sweden pays no attention to the weather calendar that we in the US are used to. Summer comes when it gets warm. Not when a certain date tells us. And I love it.
According to meteorologists in Sweden, summer is when you get a 24-hour mean temperature of 10 degrees Celsius five days in a row. So that means your average day is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Doesn’t sound too warm right? It’s not. But that’s because it’s calculating the middle of the night temperature as well as the middle of the day temperature.
You can also have summer temperatures. This is when you get the 24-hour mean temperature of 10 degrees Celsius for one to four days.
I love this system. And I love it because it makes sense. For some reason, it always bothered me in Colorado when the calendar said it was spring, and the thermometer said it was spring, and then the next day it snowed. Not because I didn’t like the snow or the crazy weather changes, but because I didn’t like just having an arbitrary day tell me when the seasons changed. Luckily moving to Sweden has remedied that. I’m a simple man really.
This weekend it’s supposed to be 20-25 degrees Celsius depending on where you are. That’s between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit for those of you scoring at home. Oh yeah, and sunrise today was at 4:25 a.m. The sun is supposed to set at 9:04 p.m. That’s pushing 17 hours of daylight.
Welcome to Sweden and the glorious summertime.