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Thousands still without electricity

Thousands of households in areas of northern Sweden were still without electricity on Sunday morning. Heavy snow and thick layers of ice are hampering repair work.

The power outages have been caused by the short circuiting of power lines in rural areas following heavy snow falls on Friday and Saturday in northern areas of Sweden.

According to state-owned utility Vattenfall around 3,000 of its customers remained without electricity on Sunday morning.

The firm has assigned 100 staff to work with finding and correcting problems with power lines and supplies over the weekend. The firm has on Sunday reinforced this workforce with staff from other areas of Sweden.

Most of the affected households were in the province of Norrbotten but also in Västerbotten and Västernorrland there were reports of power outages.

Eon reported that it has managed to return supplies to most of its customers and only a handful remained without electricity on Sunday morning.

Fortum confirmed on its home page on Sunday morning that all of its customers had regained access to electricity supplies.

The Swedish meteorological agency (SMHI) forecast milder weather and higher temperatures over the next couple of days with a thick layer of cloud over most parts of the country. More snow and rain is forecast in central areas of Sweden from Wednesday to Friday and the windy weather is expected to continue over next weekend.

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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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