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Can Sweden cope with another summer heatwave?

How prepared is Sweden to face another summer of forest fires? Photo: Niklas Luks/TT

Published: 18.Jun.2019 13:41 hrs

Sweden's summer of 2018 caused an unprecedented spate of wildfires, destroyed forests and forced farmers to send animals to emergency slaughter. What happens if the country gets another summer like that?

How big is the risk that Sweden will get another summer like last year's extreme weather?

"May last year was very dry and in some places almost 6C warmer than normal. Many areas had a similar story in June, and by July it was warmer than normal and extremely dry throughout the country. That's also when the forest fires started," says Max Lindberg Stoltz, meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI.

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