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Temperatures as high as 35C expected in Sweden today

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has warned of extremely high temperatures in parts of Sweden today and tomorrow, TT reported.

Temperatures as high as 35C expected in Sweden today
A boat leaves Stockholm en route to the archipelago. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The heatwave currently being experienced in Sweden is the same one whose effects have been felt across Southern Europe and most recently Great Britain, with climate change bringing disturbances to the jet stream that balances warm and cool air over Europe. As hot air from the south pushes north across Europe, temperatures in Sweden are on the rise, and are expected to peak on Wednesday and Thursday.

SMHI’s Ulrica Sievert said that the heatwave is caused in part by a jet stream separating cold air moving toward Europe from the north, and the warm air from southern Europe moving toward the north, according to Dagens Nyheter.

This jet stream shapes the weather in Europe, bringing heatwaves where the warm air is concentrated, and cool summers where the colder air is. Right now, the warm air is moving north, and the effects of this movement will be felt across Sweden as temperatures peak this week.

In parts of Götaland and Svealand, an orange warning is in effect, where temperatures are expected to reach 35C. Other parts of Götaland, Svealand, Norrland, and Gotland are under a yellow warning, with temperatures expected to be between 30C and 35C. In Gotland Region, the heat will reach up to 32C. More information about the heat advisories in effect across Sweden can be found here.

Additionally, in Gotland, Götaland, Svealand, and southern Norrland, a forest fire advisory for Thursday has been issued by SMHI.

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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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