Melting snow prompts major flooding

Meteorologists have warned of extreme flooding in parts of northern Sweden as melting snow yields rising water levels.

Melting snow prompts major flooding

Meteorological agency SMHI has issued an extreme flood warning for the inland county of Jämtland, where water levels have led to flooding on a stretch of the Fjällsöälven river between the two lakes Ormsjön and Lesjön.

In the town of Hammerdal, a number of residents were forced to row their way home on Friday after water levels rose by half a metre in a short period. But rescue workers said the situation in Strömsund municipality had now stabilized.

”It’s relatively calm. There are helicopters inspecting the area at the moment. According to SMHI, the highest point has now been reached,” said local rescue chief Morgan Olsson.

A number of boat houses, summer houses and other small buildings remain under water, however, with the floods expected to stay at the same level for another day, said Olsson.

While Jämtland is currently the county most at risk, SMHI has also issued warnings for other parts of the Norrland region (see link below for the latest information). But the agency added that the area covered by flood waters had now begun to diminish.

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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.