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Sun shines as Swedes ready for Finland test

The second round of Euro 2013 matches are set to be played out in the scorching sunshine with Sweden's evening clash with Finland in Gothenburg set to be played in balmy temperatures.

Sun shines as Swedes ready for Finland test

Sweden’s clash with Finland kicks off at 8.30pm in Gothenburg on Saturday and according to weather agency SMHI the sun could push temperatures up to around 26 degrees Celsius.

In the second Group A clash Italy meet Denmark in Halmstad a little further down the west coast and the teams can expect the same scorching weather when the match kicks off at 6pm.

For those unable to make it to Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg or Örjans Vall in Halmstad, the matches are broadcast on TV4 and are being shown at pubs in all of Sweden’s major cities.

In Malmö check out Fagan’s Irish Pub on Per Wijersgatan, O’Leary’s at Swedbank Stadium on Eric Perssonsvägen and Ölkafeet on Södra Skolgatan.

In Gothenburg check out O’Leary’s on Östra Hamngatan, Cheers on Viktoriagatan and Plain Kitchen on Risåsgatan.

In Stockholm check out O’Leary’s in Gamla Stan and at Skanstull, Trädgården under the bridge on Hammarby Slussvägen 2 and Retro on Sveavägen and Bondegatan.

The warm weather is set to ease off slightly on Sunday, according to SMHI as a cold front pushes in from the west.

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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. 

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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. 

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