Deep freeze set to hold for several weeks

The icy temperatures which have swept across Sweden in recent days are set to persist for a couple of weeks, according to latest forecasts.

Deep freeze set to hold for several weeks

Monday recorded the coldest night of the winter, with the residents of Vajmat in northern Lappland experiencing temperatures as low as -42.6 degrees Celsius, according to a Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) measurement.

The icy temperatures were not limited to the far north however, with as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius in Tullinge in southern Stockholm in the early hours of Monday.

In the midst of some of the coldest temperatures of the winter, some 450 customers of electricity utility Vattenfall were left without power on Monday night.

The customers in Jokkmokk in the far north of the country lost their power just as temperatures outside fell to below -40.

“It probably got a little cold, it is minus 40 there. But no injuries have been reported, most people use wood stoves to warm up,” said Peter Stedt at Vattanefall.

According to meteorological agency SMHI the cold snap is set to keep the country in its frosty grasp for at least a couple of weeks.

Cloudy weather in southern areas will keep temperatures close to zero on Wednesday, but further north the dial is expected to plunge to around 25 degrees Celsius and lower.

In return many northern areas will experience clear, sunny weather in the remainder of the week as the high pressure front establishes itself across the country.

Over the weekend and into next week, SMHI forecast that the cloud cover will break up in the south of the country, bringing with it colder temperatures.

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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.