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Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

A roof collapse at an Ica Maxi supermarket in Kristinehamn in western Sweden has left staff and customers in shock but miraculously no one is reported to have been injured.

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

Police were called to the Ica Maxi superstore in Kristinehamn at around 12.45pm on Monday in response to reports that the roof had caved in, according to a report in local newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen.

“It does not seem that anyone was hurt but a police sniffer dog has been called in to search the ruins,” Lars Eidwall at the emergency services told the newspaper.

The store was immediately evacuated by staff and customers after the collapse, which affected around a third of the roof surface area. Four to five workers were on the roof at the time busy removing the large build-up of snow presumed to be the reason for the collapse.

The workers were able to throw themselves free from the roof in time to avoid being drawn into the wreckage at the entrance to the store.

According to preliminary reports from the scene, there have been no reported injuries. Shocked staff and customers are being cared for at the parish hall in Kristinehamn.

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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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