Spring floods to threaten Sweden

The Swedish meteorological service warns of the possibility of severe flooding with a spring thaw. At greatest risk are the areas of Götaland in southern Sweden and the mid-Sweden province of Södermanland.

Spring floods to threaten Sweden

According to the Swedish weather service (SMHI) the threat of floods is linked to the excessive amounts of snow the central and southern parts of the country have experienced.

The areas around Jönköping, Lysekil and Ljungby have suffered record snowfalls. In many other parts of the country the level of snow approaches all-time highs.

“There is currently a low level of meltwater in Götaland and the eastern parts of Svealand, but when the snow melts in earnest there is a risk of a severe spring flooding. The greatest risk is in the north east of Götaland and in Södermanland.

“Currently it is difficult to say exactly where, when and what volume the spring meltwater will be. It all depends on weather developments,” said SMHI in a forecast on Wednesday.

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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.