Weather/Climate in the Swedish High Coast area

First, some basic facts on Sweden you can find on Visit Sweden; you can click on climate there, or look at UK Weatheronline.

Basically, in our area we have four definite seasons, with rainy Autumns, with good skiing and often 1 – 2 m snow in Winter (and very often we go skating on the same fiords and sounds that we in the summer paddle on), sunny and warming up in Spring, and then relatively short but intense, sunny and warm Summers. High kayaking season is June-July-August, but we usually start when the ice is thin enough, often in April, and keep paddling now and then until around Christmas, when the ice usually stops us.

The above means that water temperature can be quite cool – even though in summer you may find bathing temperatures of +20 and even more on shallow beaches and bays, it is often down to only +12 – 15 in the open waters, or after a gale stirs up the cooler waters.

The Sea is the Sea..

..and as such, not fully predictable. But you can try!

The prevailing winds in the High Coast area in summer are from the South to North. This means that for longer tours, such as “The High Route”, the best is from South to North. Usually winds are mild to moderate, but there may be an occasional gale force wind even in summer (more common later in autumn). On the open sea waves then build up, and some parts of the “High Route”, such as the exposed “Rotsidan” with flat cliffs, can be tough to pass.

There is no tide at all – since the Baltic Sea is a closed-in sea, the tides of the Atlantic Ocean does not reach us, through the narrow straits between Denmark and Sweden.

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A wind-rose from weather station Lungön (island north of Härnösand) with accumulated wind data from between 9 AM and 9 PM , June, July, August 2005 – 2006, 2008 – 2010.
For weather reports you may visit:
SMHI  – prognosis for our part of the Swedish Baltic Sea Coast.
or  A Norwegian weather site with more details, also available in English. Here we have chosen Högbondens fyr/lighthouse, a relatively central and unprotected island, but you can also chose e g HärnösandNordingrå or Trysunda.