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Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

The weekend saw record temperatures across much of Sweden with Saturday's high beaten on Sunday by the 35 degrees recorded in Målilla in southern Sweden, before thunder and rain gave welcome respite on Sunday evening.

Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

“The highest recordings have been in eastern Småland and southern Östergötland. Malexander had 33.4 degrees, Hagshult and Jönköping airport measured 33.1 and Örebro 32.6 degrees,” said Nils Holmqvist at meteorological office SMHI.

Sunday’s 35 degree high is thus the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1994. The Swedish record is 38 degrees, recorded in Ultuna in 1933 and in Målilla in 1947.

But not all parts of Sweden enjoyed hot dry weather on Sunday with a storm front pushing in rain and thunder from the west.

SMHI issued a class one (on a climbing scale of four) storm warning for lightning in Värmland, Halland and västra Götaland during Sunday evening. Värmland experienced tornado winds and several trees fell victim to the storm.

“We have a front with rain which can contain thunder, which is moving from Skåne up through Småland towards Uppland over the coming day,” said Nils Holmqvist.

Despite the rains, the heat is set to continue with Monday and Tuesday offering hot, dry weather across many parts of the country.

Östra Götaland and Svealand will experience a continue heat wave with temperatures above 30, although Sunday’s high is not expected to be exceeded, according to SMHI. The remainder of the country will experience cooler temperatures in the region of 20-25 degrees.

More rain is expected to sweep in across the country on Tuesday, moving north-east over Götaland, Svealand and southern Norrland. In Svealand and southern Norrland heavy rains are forecast, with the wet weather extending to central Norrland.

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Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”

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