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Hazardous roads in Sweden as ice arrives

A number of motorists were left needing hospital treatment on Thursday morning as icy road conditions caused accidents across Sweden.

In central Sweden, the driver of a car was taken to Eskilstuna Hospital in serious condition after a collision with a minibus near Vingåker at the Hansta exit on route 52. The driver of the minibus was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A man was also hospitalized in eastern Sweden after his car veered into the ditch and somersaulted off the E4 south of Nyköping, local newspaper Södermanlands Nyheter reports.

Earlier in the morning, seven cars were involved in a pile-up on route 40 near Bollebygd in the south-west of the country. The cause of the accident and extent of possible injuries are as yet unknown.

Police in Västerås in central Sweden said road conditions in the area were treacherous, but added that none of the numerous accidents in the area had resulted in injury.

Seven vehicles were involved in an accident in the town centre, while a car and a truck both slid off the road into a fence on the E18 motorway outside Västerås.

Several accidents were also recorded in the greater Stockholm area, particularly around Södertälje where road conditions were especially icy. At least two vehicles were overturned after ending up in a ditch off the E20 motorway.

A number of other vehicles have also glided off the road in the area as VägAssistans (‘Road Assistance’) teams rush out to lay salt on the slippery surfaces.

A truck driver is being treated at Karolinska University Hospital after being hurled out of his vehicle when it rolled over near the Löttinge tunnel north of the capital at around 6am.

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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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