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What you need to know about Sweden's historic wildfire outbreak

A tractor helping with the extinguishing work in Färila. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

Published: 17.Jul.2018 13:13 hrs

UPDATED: Swedish firefighters have been battling throughout the summer in what has been described by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency as the country's "most serious" wildfire situation of modern times. But just what are the causes, which areas are worst affected, and what is being done?

The heat came early

Not only is it particularly warm in Sweden at the moment, the heat also arrived early. While May can often be an up and down month where even the odd spell of snow isn't unthinkable as far south as Stockholm, this year was a stark contrast. Sweden experienced its hottest May on record, and several cities saw their hottest individual May days since records began 150 years ago.

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