Winter winds prompt Swedish weather warning
TT/The Local/dl · 5 Feb 2011, 13:07
Published: 05 Feb 2011 13:07 GMT+01:00
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has issued a class two warning for parts of western Sweden, and class 1 warnings for the rest of southern Sweden as strong winds battered the coastline on Saturday.
A class 2 warning is issued when weather may pose a danger to the general public and basic societal functions.
"It's going to reach its peak sometime during the afternoon," meteorologist Elin Torstensson told the TT news agency on Saturday.
The strong winds across the coast of Skåne in southern Sweden have prompted operators of the Öresund Bridge to warn vehicles such as busses, trucks, and cars carrying trailers or campers to reduce their speed to 70 kilometres per hour when crossing the bridge.
Warnings have also been issued about high seas in the waters separating Sweden and Denmark.
Last week, the same weather system produced hurricane force winds over Scotland.
SMHI added that, despite somewhat warmer temperatures in parts of Sweden in recent days "spring isn't here yet", as colder temperatures are expected to reassert their grip over much of the country by Wednesday.