In Pictures: Crowds flock to Swedish beaches as summer heatwave hits

In Pictures: Crowds flock to Swedish beaches as summer heatwave hits
Lomma beach in southern Sweden on Sunday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
The weekend heatwave drew crowds to several Swedish summer hot spots in huge numbers, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Temperatures climbed over 30C in southern Sweden on Sunday (peaking at 33.3C at national weather agency SMHI's measuring station in the university town of Lund), and many people took to the beach.

This was the car park at the beach in Lomma on Sunday:


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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The biggest risk environments for spreading the coronavirus are believed to be indoor settings where you are in close contact with people during a longer period of time, whereas spending time outdoors such as on the beach is generally associated with lower risk, as long as you observe health and safety guidelines.

A sign at Lomma beach urged beach-goers to keep a two-metre distance to one another:


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The bird's-eye view below seems to show that people on Lomma beach generally tried to spread out, but that it was still an extremely busy day at the beach.

In Tylösand outside Halmstad, as many as 40,000 beach visitors gathered on Saturday.

At Kämpingestranden in Höllviken in Skåne, there was even a record number of visitors with over 10,000 guests, reported regional tabloid Kvällsposten.

“It is an uncontrollable chaos. It is completely full,” Pontus Carlsson, head of security at Falsterbonäset's lifeguard, told the newspaper.


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

In Stockholm, many people enjoyed the sunshine from Lake Mälaren, the lake that flows through the capital.


Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

This picture shows the Långholmsbadet bathing spot in Stockholm on Saturday:


Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Public gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned in Sweden, but the framework of the law means it does not apply to beaches and bathing areas, only to activities that can be classified as public events.

But people in Sweden are still urged to follow a number of health and safety recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus, including keeping a distance to one another, avoiding meeting new people, and avoiding unnecessary travel on public transport, especially at rush hour.

Coronavirus cases have been dropping sharply in Sweden this summer, but there has been a slight increase in new cases among young adults in the last couple of weeks, as The Local reported last week.


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