‘Last days of summer’ on way for Sweden

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.

'Last days of summer' on way for Sweden
A road in central Sweden after the Sunday storms. Photo: TT
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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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.