Freezing Easter for Sweden as temperatures hit -20C in the north

The weather across most of Sweden has been unseasonably cold - and it's not going to get any better any time soon.

Freezing Easter for Sweden as temperatures hit -20C in the north
This is an Easter 2017 pic from southern Sweden! Photos: TT

Easter Sunday saw temperatures plummet to around a teeth-chattering -20C in the far northern Norrland. 

And the Mercury is still misbehaving in the far south too. 
In the capital, Stockholm, Monday will see a high of 2C (and a low of -2C), with temperatures to sink as low as -4C on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
Gothenburg will be similarly cold this week, reaching lows of -2C, and even Malmo in the south will hit subzero temperatures on Wednesday. 
“A cold front is going to keep pushing through the country this week, and will even hang around at the beginning of next week,” Lovisa Andersson, meteorologist at Swedish weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. 
Southern reaches of Sweden can expect some light relief on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures expected to hit up to around 10C, she added. 
Happy Easter from northern Sweden's Skellefteå 
The long weekend, for the most part, has been a chilly one. Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10cm of snow in northern Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar.
In Örebro, the mercury dropped to -14C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro.
In Karlstad, SMHI said temperatures reached -9C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985.
In Floda, Södermanland, things were even colder, reaching -17C. That was the coldest night measured since the local weather monitoring station was set up in 1995.
“It's over 20 years old now, so we can say it's remarkable that it was so cold,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at SMHI, told Swedish newswire TT.
It's possible for temperatures to fall below -10C in southern Sweden during spring nights, but it's unusual.
In Götaland, since the start of the 2000s, the mercury has only slipped below the -10C mark four times.


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.