Gothenburg Climate & Weather

Gothenburg is located on the west coast of southern Sweden and has an oceanic climate, enjoying milder weather than one might expect due to the moderating influence of the warm Gulf Stream. In summer, between June and August, the city gets as much as 17 hours of daylight. But in the winter months, between December and February, Gothenburg only gets about seven hours of daylight.

Summers are warm with average high temperatures of 72°F (22°C) and lows of 55°F (13°C), but temperatures of up to 86°F (30°C) can occur. Winters are cold and windy with average temperatures around freezing, but seldom dropping below 14°F (-10°C).

Snow falls mainly between December and March, but it is not unusual in November and April, and can even fall in October and May. Gothenburg is a rainy city, with moderate rainfall possible at any time of year. Every month the city experiences between 10 and 18 rainy days.

The best time to visit Gothenburg is between May and September, with the peak tourist season being the short summer, between June and August. Even at this time, rain and cold weather is possible and travellers should pack layers to prepare for both sunny warm weather and cold wet weather.

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