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Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden

Bus passengers were involved in a dramatic boat rescue in western Sweden on Friday morning as heavy rains led to flooding on the E20 in Halland, with the meteorological office forecasting continued wet weather for the weekend.

Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden

The driver of a bus operated by Västtrafik did not have time to notice that an underpass had been turn into a small lake on the main E20 road by Fjärås and Åsa in Halland in western Sweden.

The driver and his two passengers were able to hastily climb up to the roof of the bus and wait for help.

“They had to wait a while on the roof even after we arrived, as we didn’t have a boat with us. First when a boat had arrived could be row out and collect them,” said Hans Carlsson at the Räddningstjänsten emergency services in greater Gothenburg.

The underpass was then closed for traffic with plans to pump the water away before rains eased on Friday morning and the decision was taken to let the water drain away.

Sweden’s meteorological office (SMHI) has forecast changeable weather for most areas of the country over the weekend with rainfalls expected on Friday and Saturday and some sunny spells on Sunday.

While much of Europe is bathed in sunshine and fires continue to ravage parts of Russia, much of southern and western Sweden is experiencing wet weather on Friday. The rains are set to push north through the day with some western areas experiencing rainfalls later, according to a forecast by SMHI meteorologist Gunilla Grafström.

Saturday is set to deliver more rain in northern and central Norrland and some areas of southern Götaland. The remainder of the country will however enjoy some sunshine with only the odd shower and temperatures of around 20-25 degrees Celsius.

While the risk of rain will persist through Sunday much of the country will enjoy warm, sunny weather as summer holidays begin to come to a close for many Swedes.

As work beckons next week, sunny weather will return to most areas with isolated showers and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius.

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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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