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Sweden's heat wave officially over

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09:26 CEST+02:00
The heat wave that swept over Sweden recently has finally passed, meteorologists reported on Wednesday, promising cooler and more autumnal temperatures around the corner.
Sweden's heat wave - which has stretched over the entire country and has been particularly strong in the north - is over. 
 
At least that's what Swedish weather agency SMHI said on Wednesday. 
 
After recent weeks have seen soaring temperatures and tropical nights (where the temperature never dips below 20C), Swedes can look forward to more typical weather for August. 
 
"We've had something like this a few times over the years. 1997, 2002 and 2006 were all record-breaking, so it can happen that we have warm summer spells," Sverker Hellström at SMHI told the TT news agency.
 
 
With temperatures constantly rising across the globe, it's no surprise the records keep breaking, but the summer of 2014 didn't match the all time Swedish record. In 1947, Målilla recorded a top of 38C.
 
However, the warmth in the past few weeks has been intense, and even saw the agency issue its first ever warning
 
And for all those craving cooler climes, SMHI had good news, promising a drop in temperatures from Wednesday forward.
 
"And after August 15th it will become a little more autumnal. It's rare to have warm spells so late," Hellström added.

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And of course, as several Swedish tabloids have pointed out this week, if you think the heat is anything to complain about - we might all be snowed in before the year is out.
 

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