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Swedish town hottest in Europe

Published: 11 Jun 2011 11:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2011 11:47 GMT+02:00

Markusvinsa in northern Sweden was the hottest place in Europe on Friday as many parts of the country continued to bask in sweltering heat.

According to reports on Sveriges Radio (SR), the temperature in the town, south of Pajala in the Torne Valley reached 33.5 degrees Celsius at one stage, with locals looking forward to continued good weather over the next few days.

However, the extreme weather in the north is not especially unusual, according to the weather agency SMHI.

"The past two years especially have been warm in the north," Anna Hagenblad, meteorologist at SMHI, told news agency TT.

The fact that at the same time it is also cool in the south is just a coincidence.

"There just happens to be very warm winds blowing from the east over northern Sweden at the same time as the cold Atlantic winds are blowing over southern Sweden”, she adds.

The good weather enjoyed by the majority of Swedes this week looks like it will continue over the weekend for most, although it is not good news for everyone.

There have been widespread warnings of thunderstorms in several pockets of the country with cooler temperatures in southern Sweden. Malmö, for example, is not expected to top 19 degrees.

However, the end of the weekend could see a switch, with warmer weather on its way south and the northern parts experiencing considerably lower temperatures again, SMHI forecasts.

Meanwhile, the hot weather at home has meant bad news for travel companies, many of whom have been forced to slash prices for foreign holidays in recent days as Swedes chose to stay at home instead.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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13:35 June 11, 2011 by sohk
That is situated in 66.72° N Latitude ... the Polar Circle starts at 66.33° N, so that is IN the Polar circle. Is it me or there is something completely wrong here ? :)
15:01 June 11, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
@Sohk I believe the data show that global warming is more pronounced and is accelerating more quickly in the far northern latitudes.

.....Or maybe is the gorgeous girl in the string bikini that's heating things up.

;)
15:13 June 11, 2011 by Mzungu
Mmm...you what?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-13731216

*it's a freak happening*
15:23 June 11, 2011 by infidel2012
The photo of that Swedish Babe is pretty HOT as well : )
18:15 June 11, 2011 by tbrown17
Agree with yr comment on the sun-bather. She is probably typical of Swedish women. :-)
19:09 June 11, 2011 by robert the bruce
all those beautiful swedish women heat the atmosphere to such a degree that it appears the northern latitudes are warming faster than the rest of the planet
06:09 June 12, 2011 by Icarusty
What is this article about, I don't see words, just a tasty Swedish beauty
08:38 June 12, 2011 by Pacey
The temperature in my trunks has exceeded 100C. Now where should I cool off?
09:26 June 12, 2011 by HYBRED
They could of used a photo of someone better looking. This girl is flat chested ith flabby thighs. Not exactly a good example to promote a "hot" story.
09:40 June 12, 2011 by calebian22
Hybred,

If that woman is not hot, and not up to your typical standards, I want to be your wingman.
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