Summer (mid-May through mid-September) is Sweden's balmiest time of year; days are sunny and warm, and nights refreshingly cool. Summer is also mosquito season, especially in the north, but also as far south as Stockholm. The colors of autumn fade out as early as September, when the rainy season begins. The weather can be bright and fresh in the spring and fall (although spring can bring lots of rain), and many visitors prefer sightseeing when there are fewer people around. Winter comes in November and stays through March, sometimes longer. In Sweden this season is an alpine affair, with subzero temperatures. The days can be magnificent when the snow is fresh and the sky a brilliant Nordic blue.
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