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ACCIDENT

Snow removal worker killed by train

A person employed to clear snow off the tracks was killed on Monday morning after being hit by an X2000 high speed train.

The accident took place at 6am at Linghem station, 10 kilometres east of Linköping in central Sweden.

“We’re told the victim of the accident was a snow removal worker from the Swedish Rail Administration,” said Elina Yli-Torvi, spokeswoman for Swedish state rail operator SJ.

The victim was hit by a high speed X2000 train travelling from Norrköping to Linköping.

“This is being viewed as an accident in the workplace,” said emergency services coordinator Krister Fält.

Rail traffic came to a standstill immediately after the accident but was back on track by 9am. SJ arranged for replacement buses to take passengers to their final destinations in the intervening period.

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WEATHER

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

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. 

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