Winter chill means scorching electrical bill

Swedish homeowners with electrical heating can expect a whopping bill for January for up to around 2,000 kronor ($280) higher than if the weather had been “normal”.

The bad news was offered by the giant utility Vattenfall Norden which also noted that price levels were already higher than, say, in November last year. The utility said this is due to limited available supplies of electricity running up against increased demand.

In all this, the caveat is the sort of agreement you struck with your utility company in the first place. Worst affected are those who signed up for variable rates. But the cheapest alternative at the moment is a fixed rate for electricity.

Average prices at a fixed rate are running at 108 öre per kilowatt hour for homeowners, while those stuck with variable rates can reckon on 132 öre per kilowatt hour, according to Sigge Ericsson, Private Marketing Manager at Vattenfall Norden.

On the other hand (and just to make matters more complicated): prices at variable rates were lower last year than for fixed rates.

Evidently, it mainly comes down to the weather.

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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. 


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.