'Last days of summer' on way for Sweden

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'Last days of summer' on way for Sweden
A road in central Sweden after the Sunday storms. Photo: TT

The Swedish summer may not be over yet, with meteorologists predicting one final hurrah later this week after a weekend of torrential rain and even snow in some parts of the country.


As the old joke goes, the Swedish summer is the best day of the year.
You'd be forgiven for not laughing after an extremely wet weekend that saw hundreds of homes evacuated and soggy weather dominating the agenda in May and July.

A road in Kumla, central Sweden, on Sunday. Photo: TT
But fear not - meteorologists have forecast a few sunny days towards the end of this week thanks to a high-pressure system that's heading towards much of Sweden.
"The high-pressure system is hanging over Ireland right now," Beate Tveita, meteorologst at Storm, told the Expressen newspaper. "By the end of the week it will come here and bring with it temperatures over 20C".
"This means that the the week will slowly get more and more pleasant with warmer temperatures."
The news will come as a welcome relief to many people in central Sweden after a weekend of torrential rain left many people's homes flooded. 

A woman is rescued from her home in Hallsberg, central Sweden, on Sunday. Photo: TT
Particularly heavy rainfall in Hallsberg, south of Örebro in central Sweden, saw the local trainlines flooded and cross country rail traffic ground to a halt until early on Monday morning.
Around 100 homes in the area were evacuated and several schools remained closed on Monday. The Hallsberg municipality said that the water may not be removed until Wednesday. 
Meanwhile, in the far north, winter appears to have arrived already, with the Låktatjåkko mountain station in Swedish Lapland reporting the season's first snowfall on Friday.


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