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Temperatures soar as Sweden's heatwave sizzles on

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Temperatures soar as Sweden's heatwave sizzles on
Swedes in the sunshine in Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
17:27 CEST+02:00
Sweden's weather agency has warned of fire risks as temperatures push 30C in the hottest May on record.

Sweden's weather agency SMHI issued warnings on Wednesday for fire risks across almost the entirety of Sweden (see map below). 

“The risk of forest and ground fires increase with the dry and sunny weather,” the agency wrote in its Wednesday bulletin. 

It added that conditions were “extremely dry” in parts of Götaland and Svealand, while pointing out that even in Norrland there was risk of fires developing and spreading rapidly.

Purple = fire risk. Photo: SMHI

Grass fires could spread quickly with conditions remaining the same on Wednesday and Thursday in most parts of the country, it added. 

The agency added that temperatures were likely to hover around 26C in Götaland and Värmland. This comes after the mercury exceeded 30C on Tuesday in Hudiksvall on the east coast in what is already the hottest May on record in some parts.

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The heatwave has been good news for ice cream sellers. Gothenburg-based Triumf Glass said it had increased its sales 60 percent in the first half of May compared to the same period last year, and Halland-based Sia Glass said it had so far increased its ice cream sales by 3 million litres.

Meanwhile, barbecue bans are in place in several parts of the country, including Stockholm county (but don't worry: we have listed a number of permitted sites specially constructed for safe barbecuing in this article).

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