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.