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Snow chaos on Swedish roads

A trail of stranded trucks dotted the roads of Sweden on Friday as the first major snowfall of the season caught drivers unawares.

Snow chaos on Swedish roads

Police in Västmanland counted eleven trucks stuck in the snow on Friday morning outside the small town of Skinnskatteberg on national road 68.

“It’s the same thing every year. Heavy vehicles get stuck on the uphill stretches,” said police spokesman Per Strömback.

Only one lane remained open as the stranded trucks blocked traffic, said Strömbäck. One truck had veered into a ditch after a night of persistent snowfall.

Sweden’s National Road Administration (Vägverket) has issued a warning for icy conditions in much of the country throughout the evening and continuing into Saturday morning.

Meteorological agency SMHI recorded 17 centimetres of snow in Mockfjärd in Dalarna, while parts of Götaland saw snowfalls of up to 14 centimetres.

Much of Småland was covered in snow on Friday morning, and snowfalls are forecast to continue in Gävleborg. But the low pressure belt is in the process of moving eastwards, said SMHI, which warned of icy conditions in Götaland and Svealand once the snow has cleared.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 

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As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas. 

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