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Swedish weather agency warns of extreme heat across most of the country

Sweden's weather agency has warned of hot temperatures forecast for most of the country over the coming days, which mean vulnerable people should take precautions not to fall ill.

Swedish weather agency warns of extreme heat across most of the country
Much of southern Sweden can expect temperatures of around 30C, and high humidity levels, this week. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

SMHI; the meteorological agency, issues these messages when there is a maximum daily temperature of at least 26C for three days in a row.

The message applies to most of the south and east of the country, facing extreme heat of around 30C — an area covering 32 of Sweden’s 40 ‘weather regions’, including all three major city regions of Stockholm, Skåne and Västra Götaland.

The purpose of the heat warning is to encourage residents to take precautions to avoid falling ill in heat which is unusual to Sweden. That means taking measures to cool down your home, avoiding being out in the sun during the hottest part of the day, and cooling down with lots of fluids, for example.

People who are medically vulnerable, including the elderly and those with certain health conditions, are most at risk due to high temperatures, so the warnings are also directed at caregivers.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“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. 

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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. 

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