Will Sweden beat its hottest temperature record today?

Sweden could set a new temperature record on Thursday, with meteorologists predicting that some parts of the country could experience daytime heat of beyond 38C.

Will Sweden beat its hottest temperature record today?
Michaela Martinsson cools off at the Tinnerbäcksbadet open-air swimming pool in Linköping, one of the cities where the record could be beaten. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

According to Lisa Frost, a meteorologist for Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, the existing record of 38C could be beaten anywhere in the stretch of central Sweden which was issued with an orange weather warning on Wednesday, which includes the cities of Norrköping and Linköping, and borders on Örebro to the north.

“If nothing changes, then the record can be beaten tomorrow,” Frost told Sweden’s TT newswire. saying that Thursday would see “the heat reach a peak in our country.” 

Sweden’s highest ever recorded temperature was a temperature of 38C recorded in 1947 at Mälilla in Småland, which sits slightly to the south of the area for which SMHI has issued its orange warning. A temperature of 38C was also recorded at Ultuna, outside Uppsala, in 1933. 

Source: SMHI

Unlike countries further to the south which have been sweltering for weeks, the wave of extreme heat in Europe is only expected to rise up towards Sweden temporarily, with the heat seen on Wednesday increasing into Thursday, and then the mass of warm air shifting south again on Friday and over the weekend. 

“It’s only temporary, for two days, after which the mass of air will move south once again and we will get cooler air and slightly more variable weather,” Frost said. 

She said that the agency had issued an orange warning because temperatures of 35C and above, “constitute a much increased strain on the body and can create problems, especially for risk groups such as the elderly, the sick or children”. 

The yellow warning, which covers a much larger swathe of central Sweden from Gävle down to Växjö, has been issued because temperatures are expected to sit between 30C and 35C, which also could affect risk groups. 

Source: SMHI

Denmark on Wednesday reported the highest-ever recorded temperature for July, the country’s meteorological institute said, warning that the country was nearing an all-time temperature record.

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the previous temperature record for July was measured in 1941, when the quicksilver hit 35.3C 

“Today that was beaten with 35.6C, recorded in Borris in West Jutland,” the DMI said in a post to Twitter.

A few hours later, DMI announced that an even higher temperature, 35.9C, had been recorded on the island of Lolland.

Denmark’s all-time temperature high, 36.4C, was recorded in August 1975.

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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.