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Miracle baby survives Chistmas Day crash

A four-month-old baby miraculously survived a horrifc crash when a car somersaulted into a ditch alongside the E 18 motorway near Stockholm on Christmas Day.

The woman driving the vehicle escaped with injuries to her face while the male passenger walked away unhurt.

Treacherous icy conditions on the roads was given as the reason behind the dramatic crash as the driver suddenly lost control of the car, according to Uppsala police.

Icy conditions are forecast to remain into the weekend.

The Local reported on Thursday that Sweden’s main meteorological agency, SMHI, had issued a warning to drivers to avoid the roads in what promised to be a treacherous festive period with icy and frost forecast across most parts of Sweden.

While a high pressure front that pushed in across the country on Christmas Day ensured a sunny fresh, clear day for most Swedes it also brought with it the risk of ice roads.

At least two further car accidents were reported in Uppsala county on Christmas Day and SMHI issue a further warning that the treacherous driving conditions were set to remain into the weekend.

“If moist winds push in from the sea in the west then it could be extremely slippery on the west coast,” said Kjell Flyman at SMHI to news agency TT.

SMHI’s warning is focused on the west coast region and around Gothenburg. Clear and stable weather is forecast over much of Sweden with some snow and rain in northern highland areas. Where there is rain there is a risk for icy roads as temperatures dip in the evening on Friday.

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Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”

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