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Icy roads warning across Sweden

Tuesday morning commuters have been warned to exert extra caution on the roads as ice warnings are issued at several locations across Sweden.

Icy roads warning across Sweden

The Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) has warned of treacherous icy conditions on roads in the Stockholm area as well as along the east coast, both north and south of the capital.

Icy roads in southern Sweden caused a spate of accidents during Monday evening.

Several trucks were involved in a collision on the E4 motorway between Örkelljunga and Skånes Fagerhult at around 3.30am on Tuesday morning.

A further truck blocked traffic earlier on Tuesday morning near Klevshult south of Jönköping.

According to police, no one is reported to have been injured in either of the accidents.

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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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