The climate in Sweden can be divided into three different areas. Southern Sweden has a cool oceanic climate. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream provides mild winter temperatures and an ice-free southwest coast compared to the rest of the country. But the summers are quite cool and relatively humid. To the east the climate, apart from the coastal regions, is clearly more continental. The temperature differences between summer and winter are bigger and the precipitation smaller. In the extreme north of Sweden there is a polar climate. Winters are very cold and nights long. The lowest temperatures can drop below minus 40 degrees. In the short summers often changeable weather prevails. The largest amounts of precipitation fall in all parts of the country from June to November.
Winter sports are particularly suitable for late winter because of the longer days. Hikers and city travelers should visit Sweden between the end of May and the end of July. In June and July, North Sea and Baltic beaches are even suitable for bathing holidays.