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Scandinavia weather this year

Has Scandinavia escaped the higher temps common almost everywhere else this summer?

I ask because I was in the Canadian Rockies a few weeks ago and, even in the mountains, it was warmer than I expected. I didn't need some of the clothing I packed.

I'll be on the Rick Steves Scandinavia tour in a few weeks, and might tweak my packing list.
Link to tour:
https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/scandinavia/best-scandinavia-tour-2023

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Not that I have noticed, we had a a couple of warm days earlier this summer, but otherwise it's been reasonable. Around 20-25° or so in the daytime, and it looks like it will continue that way according to the forecast.

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coolness caused by the heat dome farther south.

I live down south, and I can attest that it has been brutal down here, since the mid June...no relief in sight...

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Liz, interesting topic as most of us have been riveted by the heat in Southern Europe and in the US.

I'm going to Orkney and Shetland Islands in a few weeks so have been watching their temps as well. It looks heavenly with highs in the 50's to low 60's (13-17C). Today the high temp in Kirkwall was 55F....!!! Yea! I've just put a puffy vest back in the mix, mostly as I watched the crowds at the Scottish Open last week, lol. I've got things staged for packing so can easily remove or add things in.

Were you thinking you might need to remove some clothing for cooler temps?

In the Inland NW we have been warm up into the 90's but nothing really out of the ordinary any more.

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Pam, I was just not expecting it to be so warm in the mountains!
I much prefer 70 as the high, and most days it got up to 80. It probably won't make much difference in what I pack for my trip, but I wondered. It's been hot, but not unusually so, here in the mid-Atlantic. More rain than usual of recent. I would love to escape to cooler temps.

Thanks, Badger!
That's good to know.

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I don't know what you're planning to bring, but make sure you are prepared for rain.

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I've been in Stockholm, southern Finland and now Estonia since June 15. I think I've had 2 or 3 days that broke 80F. I certainly have no complaints.

If it rains, the temperature's likely to cool off a good bit, so getting really wet when wearing lightweight summer clothes is something I'm trying to avoid. I look at the weather forecast every day and usually see a possibility of rain at some point, so I drag my rain jacket around with me more days than not. My umbrella is a nice, light one, but still a lot heavier than the jacket, so it spends more time in my hotel room, sometimes to my regret. A lot of days with rain are just a matter of intermittent light showers, but you can also get rather heavy rain.

This year in Finland I had some days when there were periods of really chilly wind (it felt Siberian) despite supposed temperatures around 70F. I don't remember encountering that phenomenon last year while I was in Norway, Sweden and Helsinki.

On the other hand, in Tallinn there were a couple of cloudy days with reported temperatures in the 60s when the sun felt quite hot when it came out from behind the clouds. It seemed I was constantly adding or subtracting a layer.

I didn't notice it in the other northern countries, but I feel as if I'm getting some stares here in Estonia. It's happening outdoors, so there's no mask involved. It's either my hat or my long sleeves. The locals evidently aren't worried about getting too much sun; they probably need the Vitamin D.

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Thanks acraven,
That all sounds manageable with my usual travel wardrobe.

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Was in Norway the second half of May and start of June and it was astonishing cold.
In Tromsø on May 28 there were 0° C and heavy snow and rain showers. In other years south of Norway had heat waves with up to 30° C and of May.

You can do statistical analytics on www.yr.no.
After selecting a location you will find the tab statistics on the right hand side.

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We returned last week from a trip to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, and the temps were mild — usually highs about 65, with frequent showers (except in Stockholm). I use the iPhone weather app and add places we’re going; it’s an easy way to track temperatures and rain possibility in the days and weeks leading to a trip. By the way, we came home to 90+ temps and 80% humidity, which is yuck.

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Noting that the Upper Midwest is on the cool side this July, coolness caused by the heat dome farther south.

We went from the longest winter ever right into a drought and cool temperatures not conducive to basking in the sun in my cute summer clothing in the upper, Upper Midwest;)

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We are just back from Copenhagen and Norway yesterday. The weather was warmer than I expected. I was checking Weather.com, Accuweather, and a local website each day for temps. Even if they said the mornings would start in the low 60s, it felt warmer to me.

I had an UnderArmour hoodie that I wore a few tines, but inevitably it was too warm by afternoon. I also wore a Columbia rain coat both as rain protection and for warmth a few mornings. The jeans I brought were too warm - I wore lightweight cotton and hiking pants as well as a skirt on a couple really warm days. I had 4-5 short sleeve athletic T-shirts and 2 long sleeve travel shirts.

The warmest day of 80+ F was in Bergen, Norway. We spent that day hiking in the mountains. That was the warmest day we had even though I would have expected the elevation to be cooler. I could have used the one pair of shorts I brought that day, but I didn't expect it to get so warm. The "coldest" day was the one we had a fjord cruise. I was still fine with a long sleeve shirt and the rain jacket for protection against the wind and drizzle we had that day.

The temps were quite comfortable. I was surprised that I didn't need to dress in layers and move from hoodie to long sleeve to short sleeve. It warmed up quite quickly throughout the morning, so I never felt the need to over dress to keep warm in the AM. We did have a few short rain storms. I used an umbrella in addition to my rain jacket on several occasions. I also expected it to get colder during the night than it did.

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I just arrived home yesterday from 2 weeks in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It was colder than I expected. I wore pants most days. Also, we had very few completely sunny days-most were cloudy and it probably rained at some point 9 of the 14 days.
We arrived in Copenhagen on July 8th to a beautiful day-perfect summer day. Then Sunday was ok-cloud and cool. Monday was cold and pouring rain for a lot of the day. That seemed to be the pattern-one sunny day and then 3-4 cloudy to wet days.
Norway was off and on showers most days. And pretty chilly.
In Sweden we were in Gothenberg and I was there 5 days and wore shorts once. And light showers at some point most days. But when the sun was out it was a lovely 70 degrees.
Some of my family was in Stockholm and they said the weather was nicer.
Seems like a wet summer in many places.

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Wikipedia's entries for Gothenburg and Stockholm show the former gets more rain and has fewer hours of sunshine in the summer. That seems to be the pattern: places on the west coasts of Scotland and Norway are also wetter than spots farther east.

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That's pretty hilarious that mainegirl and I had opposite experiences while traversing Denmark and Norway! I think that says something about the changeability of the weather.

I was advised to pack for temps between 50 - 75. I ended up with temps of over 80 a couple days and nothing lower than about 60.

I had monitored the weather apps for weeks before leaving, but that didn't really help. Weather can still do what ever it wants despite past patterns!

When I was traveling (late June to July 20), I found that the daily Weather.com and Accuweather forecasts for any city I was in to be less accurate than a local or European forecast. I started looking at those to plan how to dress for the day.

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One of the first things I do in a new country is try to find out what weather website the locals use. I find those more accurate about precipitation in particular; that seems more difficult to predict than temperature.

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The earlier public UK Met service had a real good forecasting quality (also across North and Norwegian Sea) because it was used also for military purposes and included such sources. Since the privatisation the forecasting quality was sinking significantly.

European weather is often driven by more long-term major schemes / patterns of weather systems and by all sea temperatures. One example is Omega weather situation (special type of blocking action; not this year). And there are a few others.

Besides best-guess service yr.no services such as windy.com include more information for forecasting.

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We were in Norway and Stockholm from June 5-23. I started in Bergen in a down jacket and was in the Lofoten Islands (above the Arctic Circle) a week later in shorts. We had a number of days near 80, and there is little A/C in the area, so some of our accommodations were a bit warm. A friend followed our itinerary two weeks later and had much cooler weather.

So who knows? Just bring layers. I'm glad I brought my down jacket even though I only needed it for the first two days. I would have been miserable without it on those days. I brought all my rain gear, and we had sun almost every day. But had it rained, I would not have wanted to be outside.

We were told the best weather website is yr.no. Thought it was pretty accurate.