‘Stay at home’: Swedish emergency services warn public as weather worsens

Large amounts of snow are expected to fall in parts of Sweden throughout Saturday, making travel hazardous.

'Stay at home': Swedish emergency services warn public as weather worsens
File photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT

Heavy snowfall is expected in the Östergötland region and high winds will also be prevalent.

Emergency services have advised motorists not to take to the roads unless their journeys are essential, while meteorological agency SMHI has warned of 10-15 centimetres of snowfall in the area up to and including Sunday morning.

“It will be worst (on Saturday) evening and night. It’s better to stay at home instead of going out and risking it,” Stefan Hagdahl, internal officer with the Emergency Services (Räddningstjänst), told TT.

Further snowfall had already been forecast for several parts of the country after some areas saw heavy snow on Friday.

Harsh weather was predicted to move north, bringing snow to southern Norrland and Gävleborg, while a new weather front was also expected to affect eastern parts of Götaland and Svealand.

Up to 15 centimetres of snow is also forecast in the Stockholm and Uppland areas.

“This applies to (Saturday) night through to Sunday morning, and it will snow most during the night,” SMHI’s Henrik Reimer told TT.

Friday’s snow resulted in a number of delayed and cancelled flights at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.

“The traffic situation for this morning looks good,” Lovisa Ernestam of Stockholm Airport operator Swedavia’s press service said early on Saturday.

It was too early to say whether departures later on Saturday might be affected, Ernestam added.

Travellers were advised to stay updated on the situation via the airport’s website or app and to allow for longer journey times to the airport if road traffic is likely to be affected, she said.

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“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. 


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.