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Polaris of Enlightenment

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Polaris of Enlightenment

Unusually little sunshine this winter in Sweden

Published 17 April 2024
- By Editorial Staff
2003 hours of sunshine in March 2024 - compared to an average of 2,662 over the last 30 years.

According to measurements by SMHI, the past winter has had significantly fewer hours of sunshine than normal. In total, Sweden received one fifth less sunshine than expected between December and March.

January was quite sunny in the country, but especially in February and March there were fewer hours of sunshine. In March, the sun shone significantly less than normal across the country. Weather stations recorded a total of 2,003 hours of sunshine, compared to the average of 2,662 over the past 30 years.

Gothenburg was among the least sunny in March, with only 93 hours compared to 144 hours. Stockholm had 116 hours of sunshine compared to the usual 151 hours. Umeå, on the other hand, had 121 hours of sunshine, compared to the usual 156.

Only the station at Storlien-Visjövalen measured more sunshine hours than usual. There were 142 hours of sunshine compared to the usual 106 hours of sunshine.

“Need to look at longer periods”

The sunshine hours from December to March across Sweden were 83% of a normal year. SMHI meteorologist Magnus Asp says the weather is random and it is difficult to say whether it is due to climate change.

– You can’t draw conclusions from one winter, you have to look at longer periods, he told SvD.

However, Asp believes that this does not necessarily mean that the rest of the year will be gray; it can be both sunnier and more cloudy.

– The weather has no memory like that, he says.

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