According to experts, it's not that surprising that Sweden's temperature is rising faster than the global average. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
The average temperature in Sweden is rising more than twice as fast as the global average temperature, according to a new report by the country's national weather agency SMHI.
Between 1991 and 2018, Sweden's annual average temperature rose by 1.7C compared to average temperatures in pre-industrial times, which SMHI calculated using data from the years 1861-1890. In the same period the global average temperature only rose by 0.73C.
"It is in line with what we can expect based on existing climate scenarios and calculations of how global warming might affect us, something that is already happening today," Erik Kjellström, professor of climatology for SMHI, said in a statement presenting the findings.
"The temperature is rising faster in the Arctic, especially during the winter, and this can also be seen here in Sweden. In northern Sweden, the largest increase can be seen in winter."
Sweden has been tracking annual average temperatures since 1860, and last year was the country's eighth hottest year since then. In the past three decades, only two years – 1996 and 2010 – have been colder than the average annual temperature in the period 1961-1990.