Warmer winds carry falling ice warning

A sudden change in the weather in Sweden has led to a heightened risk of icy roads, while pedestrians are urged to watch out for falling ice and snow from buildings.

Warmer winds carry falling ice warning

The milder weather brings with it an acute risk of serious injury to pedestrians on pavements in Swedish cities and man in Stockholm was rushed to hospital on Friday morning after being hit by falling ice. The Stockholm branch of the Swedish Property Federation (Fastighetsägarna) has issued a new warning for the overhanging hazard.

According to the federations’s CEO Tore Ljungkvist, it could take some time before all roofs are cleared and made safe as there are simply not enough people available to clear the city’s rooftops.

A man was hit by falling ice while walking on Gyllenstiernsgatan in central Stockholm on Friday. According to the police the man’s injuries are not serious and he was conscious in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

According to media reports, there have been several incidents of inured pedestrians during the course of Friday morning which has seen temperatures creeping above zero for the first time in weeks.

Parked cars are also at risk from the threat posed by falling ice, with several vehicles destroyed on Riddargatan in central Stockholm by large blocks of ice falling from nearby buildings.

The recent spate of roof collapses across Sweden has continued with reports of a barn in Vara in western Sweden housing 800 sheep succumbing to the weight of the snow. Most of the animals are reported to have escaped unscathed.

Snow falls and sleet in combination with rising temperatures carry a heightened risk for icy road surfaces. The meteorological office, SMHI, has issued new weather warnings for large parts of central and western Sweden.

Several traffic accidents occurred around Jönköping in southern Sweden during Thursday night, but no serious injuries were reported. SOS Alarm described the conditions faced by drivers as “ice-skating” on the roads.

With Stockholm families brushing off their skis in time for next week’s half term holiday trips to the hills, the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) has urged road users to seek alternative means of transport when possible.

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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.