Summer sun set to hit Sweden

Sweden is set for a welcome spell of hot weather as holiday season kicks in for many over the Midsummer weekend.

Summer sun set to hit Sweden

Scattered showers and thundery spells in eastern parts on Saturday are expected to give way to finer conditions across the country on Sunday as a high pressure belt draws in over southern Sweden. Meteorological agency SMHI forecasts temperatures to hit the mid-20s early in the week.

“The warm air will carry on up to Götaland and Svealand and in over southern Norrland on Monday. Temperatures will rise to 25 degrees Celsius in many parts,” said Arne Hagmarker in a forecast published on SMHI’s website.

Patches of cloud cover will affect much of the country on Tuesday, although the weather will remain warm. Southern Norrland may experience occasional rain showers.

SMHI expects temperatures to drop slightly on Wednesday, with scattered showers and cloud cover across much of the country. But the balmy weather is forecast to make a brisk return before the weekend.

“The end of the week will be sunny and warm for most of the country,” said Hagmarker.

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.