Weather agency issues warnings for heavy rain in central Sweden

After a few days of heavy rainfall in southern Sweden, there are now SMHI Class 1 warnings (the least severe on a three-point scale) for large amounts of rain expected in Dalarna and Gävleborg on Thursday.

Weather agency issues warnings for heavy rain in central Sweden
A Swedish strawberry stand pelted with rain. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The rain already began during Wednesday night, moving from the Bothnian Sea over Hälsingland, but much heavier rainfall is forecast for the afternoon onwards. The worst affected areas, according to SMHI, will likely be Hälsingland and northwestern Dalarna, where there is a risk of overflowing stormwater pipes and flooded basements for example.

“This was already forecast earlier, but it was quite uncertain how much rain would fall. Now it’s more definite that we will get a stretch from the north of Lake Siljan within Dalarna with 35-60 millimeters of rain,” meteorologist Marie Staerk told TT.

Initially a Class 2 warning was issued for the Hälsingland coast and although it has been revised down to Class 1, weather agency SMHI said there is a risk that may change for some areas and is following the development closely.

“There are some indications that there could be greater amounts of rain,” said Staerk.

On Wednesday, Kristianstad was hit hard by storms, with flooded streets and the rescue services called out to deal with floods in properties as well as in a nursing home and the local hospital. On Tuesday, another storm swept over the southwestern Götaland region, with a total of 1,700 lightning strikes and heavy rains causing floods.

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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. 


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.