Warnings for intense winds in northern Sweden

It's been an extremely mild January so far, but heavy winds are forecast for the end of the month with weather warnings issued in some areas.

Warnings for intense winds in northern Sweden
The strongest winds are forecast for the mountainous areas. File photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix / TT

Meteorological agency SMHI has put out Class 1 warnings (the least severe on a three-point scale) for very strong winds in Sweden's mountainous areas and for strong winds in the rest of the northern region.

“In the mountains, there will be very strong winds and even snow flurries,” said SMHI meteorologist Therese Fougman.

The winds will be most intense during the morning, but will stay around for the rest of the day. 

“The wind speeds will be between 15 and 20 metres per second during the entire afternoon and evening,” said Fougman.

And even the rest of the country will experience some of the strong winds, with 18-20 metres per second in Götaland this afternoon, and 17-18 metres per second in Svealand according to forecasts.

In northern Sweden, temperatures are generally warm for the time of year, with only a few areas in the minus degrees. Gävle, for example, measured 10C during the morning.

“The windy and warm weather is due to the fact we are squeezed between a strong high pressure over the British Isles and a deep low pressure over the Arctic Ocean,” explained Fougman. “Mild Atlantic air is coming in over the country. High pressure and low pressure areas press the air together, and that's when it gets windy.”

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