Winter days are typically short in Scandinavia, but Stockholm has been unusually dark this December, yet to log a single hour of sunlight thus far, Sweden’s meteorological institute said Thursday.
Trains move towards T-Centralen station in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 8, 2020.
At this time of year the sun only rises above the horizon for about six hours a day in the Swedish capital, but this month — already bleak as the country battles a sharp surge of COVID-19 infections — has been especially gloomy.
“You almost don’t wake up this time of year because it’s dark all the time and gray,” 67-year-old Isabella Sandstrom told AFP on the streets of Stockholm.
On Thursday, the sun rose in the capital at 8:33am and set again at 2:48pm, though it was hidden behind cloud cover all day.