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Dalarna braces for record-low Siberian chill

TT/The Local · 5 Jan 2010, 08:44

Published: 05 Jan 2010 08:44 GMT+01:00

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According to forecasts by Swedish meteorological agency SMHI, temperatures in the town of Särna in Dalarna are expected to drop to minus 44 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night.

Chilly temperatures are expected to blanket large swathes of central and northern Sweden, while remaining somewhat less frigid in southern and western Sweden.

“Really cold air has moved in from the north,” SMHI meteorologist Per Holmberg told the TT news agency.

The agency expects the coldest temperatures in the country to be recorded in and around Särna.

“We expect very light winds and also very clear weather there. Primarily in the valleys is where it will get the coldest,” he said.

According to SMHI’s forecast, daytime temperatures in Särna aren’t expected to climb above 36 degrees below zero.

Icy cold temperatures are expected to remain in place for the next several days before slowly climbing again.

The lowest January temperature ever recorded in Sweden is minus 49 degrees Celsius, most recently in Karesuando, located on Sweden’s northern border with Finland.

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The same temperature was also recorded in 1951 in Vuoggatjålme in the mountains of northwestern Sweden, about 30 kilometres from the Norwegian border.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:33 January 5, 2010 by Hamish
now that is more like a real winter temperature!!! ice on your eye brows weather
09:36 January 5, 2010 by Rick Methven
"According to SMHI's forecast, daytime temperatures in Särna aren't expected to climb above 36 degrees below zero"

SMHI got is wrong again by 09:00 it was already sunbathing weather with the temperature a balmy -27.6!
09:44 January 5, 2010 by calebian22

Don't forget frozen nostril hair. Nothing like snap, crackle, pop with a normal intake of breath.
09:48 January 5, 2010 by Rick Methven
Codest at the moment 09:30 is Enafors Åre Kommun with -23.9 While those luck souls down in Lund Have PLUS 1
10:04 January 5, 2010 by Puffin
We are in Southern Dalarna and woke this morning to minus 23C
21:29 January 5, 2010 by GLO
AhHa..More evidence of glodal warming, same here in North Carolina, our horses were put up in the barn last night ...First time ever..
21:55 January 5, 2010 by arnuxii

global warming is real - we just don't have enough of it, we need more CO2
22:40 January 5, 2010 by Da Goat
Aaah sorry for you guys it is + 25 and beautiful and sunny here but we want it to rain as it has not rained for three months and things are looking brown! well at least you could sit inside your freezers to warm up somewhat LOL

I am just miserable coz I got sun burnt painting my roof the other day.
01:13 January 6, 2010 by Luke35711
How can one even go outside in -30C!? It's -18 here, and I barely made it to my ICA. Is investing in in an expensive down jacket a must when it gets below -20C ? Indigenous northerners, please advise a frozen "invader"!
05:27 January 6, 2010 by herringbreath
wool, baby, wool. layers. sheepskin boots. and the heartwarming knowledge that the days are getting longer. seriously though, secret is NON-STOP FIKA.

Fika til you pop, drink til you drop. Helan går!
19:49 January 7, 2010 by maggieisthebest
Whats is the maximum degree that people can adjust with the cold? -40 is life possible after that freezing point?
15:55 January 8, 2010 by MichaelZWilliamson
Maggie: I did the US Army's Primary Leadership Development Course (for NCOs) at -30F, wind chill of -65F, in Nebraska, USA a couple of years ago. We conducted patrols, simulated firefights and slept in tents (with heaters). One of the Infantrymen decided the tent was crowded and slept outside with two ponchos and a sleeping bag. It can be done.

The day of our land navigation test warmed up to a balmy -15F. People forgot to drink in the cold, suffered heat exhaustion, then after they collapsed went straight into hypothermia. The medics were going nuts.

The worst part, of course, was dealing with latrines.

It's interesting that the current Earth (last half million years) is the coldest it's been in 300 million years, but the greenie nutjobs want it to stay that way instead of warming back up to normal.
09:48 January 9, 2010 by suckfist
Must be all that global warming.
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