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Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

Published: 12 Jul 2010 08:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Jul 2010 08:03 GMT+02:00

The weekend saw record temperatures across much of Sweden with Saturday's high beaten on Sunday by the 35 degrees recorded in Målilla in southern Sweden, before thunder and rain gave welcome respite on Sunday evening.

"The highest recordings have been in eastern Småland and southern Östergötland. Malexander had 33.4 degrees, Hagshult and Jönköping airport measured 33.1 and Örebro 32.6 degrees," said Nils Holmqvist at meteorological office SMHI.

Sunday's 35 degree high is thus the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1994. The Swedish record is 38 degrees, recorded in Ultuna in 1933 and in Målilla in 1947.

But not all parts of Sweden enjoyed hot dry weather on Sunday with a storm front pushing in rain and thunder from the west.

SMHI issued a class one (on a climbing scale of four) storm warning for lightning in Värmland, Halland and västra Götaland during Sunday evening. Värmland experienced tornado winds and several trees fell victim to the storm.

"We have a front with rain which can contain thunder, which is moving from Skåne up through Småland towards Uppland over the coming day," said Nils Holmqvist.

Despite the rains, the heat is set to continue with Monday and Tuesday offering hot, dry weather across many parts of the country.

Östra Götaland and Svealand will experience a continue heat wave with temperatures above 30, although Sunday's high is not expected to be exceeded, according to SMHI. The remainder of the country will experience cooler temperatures in the region of 20-25 degrees.

More rain is expected to sweep in across the country on Tuesday, moving north-east over Götaland, Svealand and southern Norrland. In Svealand and southern Norrland heavy rains are forecast, with the wet weather extending to central Norrland.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:22 July 12, 2010 by hunnysnowbee
I heard the thunder in Sweden last night, all the way from Wales! Ok, it wasn't that loud, I must confess I was actualy talking on the phone to my fiance, who lives there, when I heard it. It did sound like it was a pretty awesome storm too!
09:52 July 12, 2010 by omphus
Best part of the story is the picture. Yum
10:56 July 12, 2010 by Puffin
There was a huge storm in Dalarna last night with thunder, lightning and a tornado that brought down trees on the roads and onto people's homes
11:18 July 12, 2010 by Frobobbles
Delectable picture indeed.
11:54 July 12, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Now that's what I'm talking about.
12:26 July 12, 2010 by Nemesis
The lightning here in Skåne last night was pretty cool.

I sat in my balconey watching the display.

Thor was definately shouting about something.
13:22 July 12, 2010 by linuxcity
More pictures!!!
14:25 July 12, 2010 by Puffin
@ Nemesis

You might want to be careful - there is a video on Expressen where a woman in Malmö was videoing the storm when the lightning hits her balcony - not top floor either - yikes
14:26 July 12, 2010 by LeoKinmann
nice picture there! i wanna see more of them!
15:45 July 12, 2010 by seychelle_18
@nemesis - maybe you could share to us if you have interpreted on what Thor's message is all about :-D
15:57 July 12, 2010 by flintis
MMMMMMMålilla looks like a nice place. Pity they can't speak Swedish tho'
22:02 July 12, 2010 by GLO
Now Thats why I love to visit Sweden....
22:46 July 12, 2010 by Cage
As a fan of dock and maritime history and a purveyor of vintage hard wood, I would like to compliment the local on the selection of a fine hardbodied wood to symbolize the glory of summer. One can clearly see the firmness and superiority of the frame shown in this photo. Good job on exemplifying the quality workmanship that exists in Sweden.
23:04 July 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Puffin

Next time I intend to record it:)

@ seychelle_18

Probably ran out of mjöd:)
03:06 July 13, 2010 by Da Goat
Last time I was Sweden in the little town of finspang we had a hot day and I am sure all the thermometers I looked at recorded 41 so we went off and swum in the lake! and they say it only ever gets to 38 ! something strange here
19:49 July 14, 2010 by Ben Mowbray
Yeah, because they record the temperatures in the shade.

The humidity is never as high as what I grew up with in Oz, but that's one of the reasons I like it here - shade actually feels like shade!
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