When summer is as short as it is in Sweden, you tend to take it personally if it rains. It’s been raining off and on every day for the last week. Plus it’s chilly – just about 10 degrees c (50 F) right now. It’s hardly what you could call summer weather by any stretch of the imagination and Stockholmers are in despair. “Were those four sunny and warm days in May the only summer we will have,” my friends have been asking plaintively, wondering all the while if they can book a flight somewhere warm and sunny immediately. Even the newspapers are reporting on the lack of summer weather, going so far as to tell us that it is going to continue. Today I even read a story that said this weather is depressing and that psychological help might be needed! (Residents of Sweden are truly obsessed with the sunshine. It’s a scary weather geek attitude that I have developed as well.)
Two summers ago, we had a cool and gray July. As this is the month when the entire country takes a holiday, everyone was subjected to the dismal weather. My coworkers came back to the office quite angry, complaining that they had no summer whatsoever. I hope that the weather will improve this year. I don’t want to go through that again!