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Spring comes to southern Sweden

As the rest of the country looks on in disbelief, spring has officially arrived in southwestern Skåne.

Spring comes to southern Sweden

“Even if there’s a backlash, with temperatures falling several degrees below zero, it is now considered to be spring there,” said Lisa Frost at meteorological agency SMHI.

By Thursday morning the average daily temperature had hovered above zero for seven successive days at weather stations in Malmö, Lund and Falsterbo, thereby fulfulling the criteria used by meteorologists to define the arrival of springtime.

Counting back in time to the beginning of the balmy spell, spring is now calculated to have hit southwest Skåne on February 25th.

Nowhere else in the country has come even close to the magical seven days above zero. But the passing of winter is not as late as many think, said Lisa Frost.

“Spring does often arrive in mid-February in southern parts of the country. But people can easily forget how it’s been before. We had a lot of snow as recently as 2006 but it’s easy just to remember all the mild winters,” she said.

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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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