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The impact of Sweden's summer heatwave is visible from space

Gotland seen from above in 2017 (L) and 2018. Photo: Rymdstyrelsen/Google/Esa

Published: 10.Aug.2018 08:26 hrs

A prolonged summer heatwave has had a serious impact on Sweden, from forest fires raging above the Arctic circle last month to farmers running out of food for their livestock. The impact of the drought is even visible from space, images from the National Space Agency show.

July 2018 was the warmest on record, and over the past three months there has been little rain across large parts of the country. The government last week announced 1.2 billion kronor ($137 million) in aid to help farmers hit hard by the drought.

The extreme impact of the warm, dry summer has pushed climate issues up to the second most important issue for voters in Sweden's September election, one survey said.

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