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Winter Has Officially Arrived in one Swedish Town

The winter season officially began in Stekenjokk, Västerbotten at 8pm Thursday evening following five consecutive days of sub-zero average daytime temperatures —  Sweden’s official meteorological definition of winter.

After five consecutive days of freezing daytime temperatures (averaging -2.2C), the official first day of winter is recorded as the first of the five, so in the case of Stekenjokk, it will be September 23 — one of the country’s earliest ever starts to meteorological winter.

“Winter usually comes in October for the mountains,” said Charlotta Eriksson, a meteorologist at SMHI.

Sweden’s method of measuring seasons means not only that it can be several seasons on the same day in different parts of the country, but that some locations skip an entire season.


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