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Average Weather in Kiruna Sweden

In Kiruna, the summers are short and cool; the winters are long, frigid, and snowy; and it is mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 2°F to 62°F and is rarely below -19°F or above 72°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kiruna for warm-weather activities is from early July to early August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 6 to September 1, with an average daily high temperature above 52°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 62°F and low of 46°F.

The cold season lasts for 4.2 months, from November 12 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature below 25°F. The coldest day of the year is January 25, with an average low of 2°F and high of 16°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcool
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chevak, Alaska, United States (3,496 miles away) and Sutton-Alpine, Alaska, United States (3,467 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Kiruna (view comparison).

Clouds

In Kiruna, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Kiruna begins around April 8 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around September 15. On June 15, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 15 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around April 8. On January 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 75% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 25% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in KirunaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1547%Jun 1547%Jan 1825%Jan 1825%Apr 836%Apr 836%Sep 1536%Sep 1536%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Kiruna varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from May 26 to September 25, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on July 13.

The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from September 25 to May 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on March 2.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Kiruna changes throughout the year.

Snow alone is the most common for 6.1 months, from October 20 to April 25. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 18% on November 20.

Rain alone is the most common for 5.8 months, from April 25 to October 20. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 41% on July 13.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KirunasnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 1341%Jul 1341%Mar 212%Mar 212%Apr 2517%Apr 2517%Oct 2023%Oct 2023%Jan 116%Jan 116%May 2626%May 2626%snowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kiruna experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 25 to October 24, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 15, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 24 to April 25. The least rain falls around January 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kiruna experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from September 16 to June 2, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around November 9, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.8 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 16. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in KirunasnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inNov 90.8 inNov 90.8 inJul 210.0 inJul 210.0 inMar 290.6 inMar 290.6 inSep 160.1 inSep 160.1 inJun 20.1 inJun 20.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

Due to its extreme latitude, Kiruna experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during the summer and polar night during the winter. These are periods of time in which the sun is continuously above or below the horizon for more than one day. The precise start and end dates of polar day and night vary from year to year and depend on the precise location and elevation of the observer, and the local topography.

In the summer in Kiruna during 2018, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 1.7 months, rising at 12:52 AM on May 27, and not setting again until 12:29 AM on July 17.

In the winter in Kiruna during 2018, the Sun is continuously below the horizon for 3.3 weeks, setting at 11:45 AM on December 10, and not rising again until 11:24 AM on January 2.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Kirunapolar dayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 16 minMar 2012 hr, 16 minMar 2024 hr, 0 minJun 2124 hr, 0 minJun 2112 hr, 22 minSep 2312 hr, 22 minSep 230 minDec 210 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kiruna during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMay 2712:52 AMMay 2712:52 AM12:29 AMJul 1612:29 AMJul 1611:45 AMDec 1011:45 AMDec 10Jan 211:24 AMJan 211:24 AMMar 25DSTMar 25DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoon
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Kiruna, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%drydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Kiruna experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from November 24 to June 8, with average wind speeds of more than 7.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from June 8 to November 24. The calmest day of the year is August 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kiruna varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.9 months, from June 30 to September 28, with a peak percentage of 36% on September 25. The wind is most often from the west for 9.1 months, from September 28 to June 30, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in KirunaWSWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kiruna throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kiruna for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.04.00.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kiruna for hot-weather activities is from mid to late July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.60.60.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Kiruna typically lasts for 2.8 months (86 days), from around June 5 to around August 30, rarely starting before May 19 or after June 21, and rarely ending before August 9 or after September 20.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 550%Jun 550%Aug 3050%Aug 3050%Jun 2190%Jun 2190%Aug 990%Aug 990%May 1910%May 1910%Sep 2010%Sep 2010%0%Nov 210%Nov 21Jul 15100%Jul 15100%frigidfreezingcoldcoolvery cold
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Kiruna should appear around June 24, only rarely appearing before June 6 or after July 14.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in KirunaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°FJun 2490°FJun 2490°FDec 31409°FDec 31409°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from May 7 to August 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 5.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from October 4 to March 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 0.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kiruna are 67.856 deg latitude, 20.225 deg longitude, and 1,660 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Kiruna contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 889 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,719 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,509 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,152 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Kiruna is covered by artificial surfaces (58%) and trees (19%), within 10 miles by trees (62%) and herbaceous vegetation (14%), and within 50 miles by trees (44%) and shrubs (26%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Kiruna, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Kiruna.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kiruna according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Kiruna is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kiruna and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Kiruna Airport (99%, 6 kilometers, southeast) and Narvik Airport (1.3%, 132 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.