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Peter Alestig: Tourist Boom, ‘Unwinter’ and Torrential Rain Await in Sweden’s Future

Preparing for the Future: How Climate Change is Affecting Sweden

The world is facing the effects of climate change, and Sweden is no exception. In fact, climate change is happening faster in Sweden than in almost any other place in the world, and its effects are already being felt in various sectors. From new meteorological seasons to an upcoming tourism boom, here’s a look at how climate change is changing the face of Sweden.

The Snow is Disappearing

Sweden has warmed up by 2.7 degrees since pre-industrial times, compared to global warming of 1.2 degrees. One of the most important explanations for this rapid increase in temperature is that snow cover is decreasing fast. In just four decades, snow days have decreased by an average of four weeks. In the south of the country, it is not uncommon to have no meteorological winter at all – a concept that meteorologists are now referring to as “unwinter”. This type of winter is expected to spread further north in coming decades.

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Loss of Reflectivity

With the decrease in snow cover comes a decrease in the reflectivity of the ground. This is similar to changing from a white t-shirt to a brown one – suddenly the sun warms much more. This lost reflectivity also has global effects, such as disrupting wind currents and leading to more extreme weather patterns. Last year’s heat wave in Sweden has been linked to an unusually slow jet stream.

More Heat and Drought

Sweden can expect more heat waves and droughts in the future, as well as an extended period when forest fires can occur. This will be accompanied by an increase in annual precipitation by approximately 15%. The reason for this paradoxical effect is that warm air can contain more water vapor, which leads to more extreme downpours and floods.

Tourism Boom

One potential economic benefit of climate change in Sweden could come from tourism. As temperatures reach dangerously high levels in the Mediterranean region, more tourists will be looking for summer holidays further north in Europe.

The Golf Stream Joker

There is still some uncertainty surrounding the effects of climate change on Sweden, particularly when it comes to the Gulf Stream. Recent research has suggested that this current system could collapse before 2100, resulting in much colder winters and hotter summers. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believes that it is unlikely to happen before then, but if it does it will have a severe effect on global weather patterns.

Climate change is already having an impact on Sweden – from warmer temperatures to increased precipitation – and this trend will only continue as time goes on. It is important for people living in Sweden to stay informed about these changes so they can be prepared for what lies ahead.

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