Gothenburg Weather Overview:
Gothenburg is located at the estuary of the Gota Alv River and facing the North Sea. Despite the British Isles having a blocking effect, the Gulf Stream still has an influence on the city’s weather making it mild but very wet.
All Time Highs and Lows:
The city reached and equalled its highest ever temperature in June and August 1811 when the thermometer rose to 34C. Three years later, the city suffered a harsh winter when a low of -26 was reached in December, January and February.
Gothenburg has an Oceanic climate according to the Koppen climate classification. Its position on the North Sea has a moderating effect on the weather, lowering the temperature in summer and keeping the city milder in winter. The weather coming in off the sea brings rain laden clouds that give Gothenburg a wet climate with 30 inches of rain a year.
Spring: The spring period sees the lowest rainfall of the year and as the days lengthen, the sunshine hours double from March to May. In March, temperatures can still be a little cool with many days hovering around freezing whilst they can reach low fifties when the sun shines and the winds are favourable. At the end of spring, the temperatures have risen into the sixties and it’s very pleasant walking the streets of the old town.
Summer: Summer temperatures never get very hot and the average for the summer months is rarely above the early to mid-seventies. Nearly nine hours of sunshine can be expected in June although this level drops away as the months move away from the solstice. The amount of rain increases gradually and you’re likely to find fifty per cent of summer days have some rain.
Autumn: Autumn is the wettest season in Gothenburg and rainy days are at their highest number. The days are getting noticeably shorter with barely two hours of sunshine each day at the end of November. Towards the end of the season, temperatures hover around freezing and sometimes, away from the seashore, sleet and snow will fall.
Winter: Winters are very gloomy in Gothenburg. The latitude means that days are short, sometimes seeing no more than six hours of daylight whilst more than half the days see rain, sleet or snow. Sunshine is negligible and fog often drifts in off the North Sea adding to the gloom.
Best Time of Year to Visit:
Summer is the best season for Gothenburg as the weather will be pleasant, if not hot and rainy days are not at their high. Expect a climate a little like the northeast of the UK and you’ll get an idea of what to wear during your stay.