Weather in Stockholm: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

Strandvagen waterway in Stockholm, Sweden

 

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The weather in Stockholm has several sides to it. Luckily, Stockholm is located in on the protected southeast coast of Sweden, where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren. As such, Stockholm is shielded from the worst of the arctic weather by the mountains of Norway, so the weather here is more pleasant than foreigners imagine.

Stockholm receives more sun than many other European cities, including London and Paris.

Summers typically average 68-77 F (20-25 C), especially in July and August. Winters are usually cloudy with rain and snowfall. The average temperatures during winter range from 27-30 F.

On average, Stockholm receives around 170 days of precipitation, with much of it occurring in the fall and winter months. The city receives a mix of both snow and rain, with snow occurring primarily between December and March. The aurora borealis can occasionally be observed in Stockholm.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: 72 F (22 C) / 55 F (13 C)
  • Coldest Month: 30 F (-1 C) / 23 F (-5 C)
  • Wettest Month: July, 2.56 inches

Spring in Stockholm

Spring in Stockholm sees gradually longer days and warming temperatures. While there's very little rain, springtime snow is still a possibility. In March and April, there's very little temperature variation, but by May, temperatures are usually extremely pleasant, topping out in the mid-50s or low-60s.

What to Pack: There may still be snow during spring, so pack accordingly. Bring waterproof shoes and a good jacket. 

Average Temperatures by Month

March: 37 F (3 C) / 27 F (-3 C)

April: 48 F (9 C) / 34 F (1 C)

May: 61 F (16 C) / 41 F (6 C)

Summer in Stockholm

Summers in Stockholm are reasonably sunny with perfect weather conditions for sightseeing and open-air activities.

The average maximum temperature in July is a pleasant 68 F (20 C) in the south but can reach scorching heights of 86 F (30 C).

A typical summer night will be spent outdoors drenched in sunshine. During midsummer in Stockholm, you can expect daylight to last more than 18 hours, as opposed to a bleak six hours in the heart of winter.

The most popular time to visit Stockholm is undisputedly in summer when the weather is mild and warm and the locals take to the streets. Going for a swim in the middle of the city is a special treat, along with island hopping trips. Needless to point out though, the time of year will determine how you will experience Sweden and the capital.

What to Pack: Pack your bathing suit, as well as shorts, sandals, T-shirts and skirts, and good walking shoes.

Average Temperatures by Month

June: 70 F (21 C) / 52 F (11 C)

July: 72 F (22 C) / 55 F (13 C)

August: 68 F (20 C) / 55 F (13 C)

Fall in Stockholm

Many locals will argue that the best time to visit is during late spring and early autumn when the weather in Sweden is mild, the light soft, and tourists are few and far between. You can expect average temperatures of 55-60 F and approximately nine hours of sunlight.

What to Pack: Fall is Stockholm's rainiest season of the year, so be sure to carry an umbrella or a good waterproof jacket.

You'll also want some warm sweaters and clothing that can be layered.

Average Temperatures by Month

September: 59 F (15 C) / 48 F (9 C)

October: 50 F (10 C) / 41 F (5 C)

November: 41 F (5 C) / 34 F (1 C)

Winter in Stockholm

The harsh Scandinavian winter will last from October to April, depending on the region you find yourself in. The winters in the south are milder and much more bearable. Temperatures will range from 23 F to 35 F, but have been known to drop below 5 F. The lowest temperature for Sweden has recorded 100 years ago when temperatures reached a mind-numbing -23 F. However, it has not dropped below -13 F since. Snowfall usually occurs in December, and the north will experience some serious snow-rich winters with depths around 40 centimeters. The far south, on the other hand, can only expect rain.

Winter travel is somewhat restricted in certain areas, and the smaller towns go into a hibernation-like state. However, don't knock the Stockholm winter. It definitely has a certain charm to it as the city is turned into a picturesque fairytale town. Go skating on the frozen lakes and waterways, and best of all, experience the Christmas cheer that is so unique to Scandinavia.

Remember, Swedes themselves enjoy a good holiday, and the entire city can shut down for a couple of days over Christmas and midsummer, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. 

What to Pack: Regarding clothing, light to medium weight articles will do just fine for summer months, but for those traveling from countries closer to the equator, bring proper heavyweight jackets and coats for winter. Packing a raincoat is also well advised, regardless of the time of year you travel.

Average Temperatures by Month

December: 34 F (1 C) / 27 F (-3 C)

January: 30 F (-1 C) / 23 F (-5 C)

February: 30 F (-1 C) / 23 F (-5 C)

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight

 Avg. HighAvg. LowRainfallDaylight
January30 F (-1 C)23 F (-5 C)1.5 in.2.5 hours
February30 F (-1 C)23 F (-5 C)1 in.3 hours
March37 F (3 C)27 F (-3 C)1 in.6 hours
April48 F (9 C)34 F (1 C)1.2 in.7 hours
May61 F (16 C)41 F (6 C)1.2 in.11 hours
June70 F (21 C)52 F (11 C)1.8 in.11 hours
July72 F (22 C)55 F (13 C)2.8 in.11.5 hours
August68 F (20 C)55 F (13 C)2.6 in.10 hours
September59 F (15 C)48 F (9 C)2.2 in.8 hours
October50 F (10 C)41 F (5 C)2 in.5 hours
November41 F (5 C)34 F (1 C)2 in.3 hours
December34 F (1 C)27 F (-3 C)1.8 in.3 hours

Rain and Snow in Stockholm

The rainfall in Stockholm is nothing to get excited about, averaging at about 61 centimeters annually. The maximum rainfall occurs in late summer and August and September can be especially wet.

As if to make up for its poor display of proper rainstorms, Sweden overall boasts a very considerable snowfall, and in the northernmost regions, snow covers the ground in a thick blanket for up to six months. But Stockholm's halfway location makes it ideal, literally offering you the best of all seasons.

North of the Arctic Circle, the sun barely sets in summer, and night seems unending in winter. The Midnight Sun and Polar Nights are part of Scandinavia's natural occurring phenomena.