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Drivers urged to stay off icy Skåne roads

A major snowstorm has hit Skåne in southern Sweden, blanketing roads and causing snow drifts, primarily in the Söderslätt area. Majors efforts are being taken to plough the roads, but the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) encourages drivers to stay off the roads on Sunday morning.

More than 10 traffic accidents were reported to the Skåne police on Saturday night, primarily in the western and southern parts of the county.

“These are the typical incidents that occur when it snows a lot. But there have been no injuries,” Sofie Österheim, information officer at the Skåne police, told TT news agency.

A car drove into a rail along the E 6 highway near Landskrona just after 6 am. In Malmö, a bus skidded around 7 am and had to be towed.

All accidents are believed to be weather related. “But considering the circumstances, we haven’t seen a lot of accidents. People are being careful or staying at home,” Österheim said.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) hasn’t issued any weather advisories. The snowfall in Skåne is expected to abate during the day.

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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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