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Spring arrives in southern Sweden with record-breaking temperatures

It is now officially spring in Skåne, and a record high February temperature has been recorded in Kalmar.

Spring arrives in southern Sweden with record-breaking temperatures
Snowdrops and Winter Aconites photographed in Malmö on Thursday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The map of spring's arrival on the website of Sweden's state weather forecaster SMHI shows that spring (green) has now crept up a thin strip of land along the coast:

Meanwhile, a temperature of 16.8C was recorded in Kalmar, Småland, something SMHI meteorologist Jon Järpeland put down to the 'Föhn effect', a warm wind created when air has dropped most of its moisture on windward slopes. It's a new temperature record for the month of February.

“We've been hit by some really warm air,” he told the TT newswire, adding that the warmth would stay for several days.

“It might not be quite as warm as it is now, but it's going to be above freezing and relatively mild.”

The Föhn effect happens when moisture-laden air passes the highlands of Småland. Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany all have a warmer climate, because wind from the Mediterranean creates a Föhn effect after crossing the Alps.

The Local's editor Emma Löfgren marked the changing seasons in central Sweden with a tweet.

Sweden's TT newswire have today posted up photos of spring flowers in Malmö:

A woman photographing the spring flowers in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding. 

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