Swedish weather summary for the year 2014

2014 was the warmest year in Sweden since measurements began around 1860. The Swedish mean annual temperature was 0.18°C higher than the previous warmest year 1934. In general the year was wetter than normal in the southern part of the country, and drier than normal in the northern part.

The year started with a rather cold January in northern Sweden though. The lowest temperature in Sweden during 2014 was reported from Karesuando with -42.7° on 20 January.

Warm winter

February was warmer than normal in the whole country with especially very high minimum temperatures. In most places the month was also very wet. The whole winter 2013/14 was generally the warmest since 2008.

Warm weather dominated during March and more than half a dozen stations with more than 100 years of measurements had the warmest March on record.

April was also warmer than normal in the whole country. A couple of coastal stations reported the warmest April on record.

An unusually cold start and a very warm end resulted in a rather normal mean monthly temperature in May.

June was the only month with temperatures below normal in most parts of the country. Locally in the northern mountains there were some centimeters with fresh snow in the middle of the month.

Warm and dry weather returned in July. In northwestern Sweden it was the warmest July on record. It was also unusually thundery with more lightning in Sweden on 27 July than any other day in at least twelve years.

Severe forest fire

August started with very warm weather. Falun-Lugnet reported 35.1° on 4 August, which is the highest temperature in Sweden so far this century. In the warm and windy weather a very severe forest fire in central Sweden spread rapidly.

Pyrocumulusmoln i Brovallen den 4 augusti.
Foto Hans Östlund

Later in the month the weather turned much more unsettled with some very heavy precipitation events. The highest daily precipitation amount during 2014 was reported from Hällum in southwestern Sweden with 133.7 mm on 19 August.

September was warm, dry and very sunny.

October was warm and in most parts of the country very wet. Heden in southwestern Sweden reported of monthly precipitation amount of 333.0 mm, which is a new Swedish record for October.

Warm weather was dominating also in November with several new daily record highs during the first days of the month.

The year ended with a rather warm December despite a cold spell around Christmas time.