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Weather agency issues fresh storm warning

Snowfalls of up to 30-40 centimetres have been forecast for southern and central areas of Sweden on Friday evening. Meteorological agency SMHI has issued a storm warning with traffic disruption as a result.

Weather agency issues fresh storm warning

SMHI has issued a class 2 storm warning (of four, with four being the highest) for large parts of Götaland and Svealand. A new snow front is heading in from the west and will dump large quantities of snow on already hard hit transport routes.

Strong north-easterly winds gave SMHI cause to warn of significant property damage, disruption to key public services and significant danger for the general public.

The bad weather is set to draw eastwards on Saturday, with snowfalls of 20-30 centimetres forecast for Stockholm.

The Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket) has warned of potential problems to rail services and has pledged that it is as prepared as it can be.

“We have as many people working at our traffic service centres as possible, as well as sub-contractors who are working three round-the-clock shifts with snow clearance,” said Anna Hansson at the administration.

Transport problems began to occur across the Stockholm region as light snow began falling during the course of Friday morning.

Many school buses in western Sweden were cancelled due to the bad weather and one school was closed. In Vänersborg the Birger Sjöberg high school, as well as Torpa and Tärnan schools, were evacuated due to safety concerns over the large quantities of snow on roofs.

A roof, weighed down with snow, collapsed on a barn near Vimmerby in southern Sweden shortly after 10am on Friday morning. According to SOS Alarm emergency services there were around 50 young animals inside the building.

The Local reported on Thursday that many municipalities across Sweden had either exhausted their snow clearance budgets, or were close to doing so. With the heavy winter weather forecast to keep Sweden in its iron grip for a while yet, the economic consequences can only continue to mount.

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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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