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WEATHER ALERT: Snow warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala

Sweden's weather forecaster has issued a snow warning for Stockholm and Uppsala, with the regions around the two cities expected to get between 5 and 15 centimetres of snowfall on Monday.

WEATHER ALERT: Snow warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala
Sweden's weather forecaster SMHI said it was unclear whether the snow would settle, as it did last week. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

“Above all, it's in Uppland where we expect the largest amounts to come,” Petter Lind, a meteorologist with SMHI, told the TT newswire about the region that's home to the university town of Uppsala.

Between 5 and 15 centimetres of snow is forecast for the coast region north of Uppsala, while around Stockholm, there will be around 5 centimetres snow, with SMHI saying it was “uncertain how much would stay on the ground”.

With temperatures expected to hover up and down around freezing point throughout the day, the snowfall is expected to lead to icy roads, accidents and traffic problems.

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SMHI also expects about 10 centimetres of snow on the Roslagen coast north of Stockholm, and about 5 centimetres of snow on the island of Gotland.

“The temperature won't change that much over the day, but might creep up a bit around the coast. It's going to be pretty close to zero, but in the evening it might drop and get colder,” Lind said.

Unlike earlier this month ago, when heavy blizzards left much of Sweden covered with deep snow, the snowfall is expected to end after one day, with sunshine expected on Tuesday.

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Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”

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