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Spring comes to southern Sweden

As the rest of the country looks on in disbelief, spring has officially arrived in southwestern Skåne.

Spring comes to southern Sweden

“Even if there’s a backlash, with temperatures falling several degrees below zero, it is now considered to be spring there,” said Lisa Frost at meteorological agency SMHI.

By Thursday morning the average daily temperature had hovered above zero for seven successive days at weather stations in Malmö, Lund and Falsterbo, thereby fulfulling the criteria used by meteorologists to define the arrival of springtime.

Counting back in time to the beginning of the balmy spell, spring is now calculated to have hit southwest Skåne on February 25th.

Nowhere else in the country has come even close to the magical seven days above zero. But the passing of winter is not as late as many think, said Lisa Frost.

“Spring does often arrive in mid-February in southern parts of the country. But people can easily forget how it’s been before. We had a lot of snow as recently as 2006 but it’s easy just to remember all the mild winters,” she said.

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STORMS

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Thanks to the weather front ‘Peggy’, which is moving west over Germany, the Bundesrepublik is seeing storms strike and saying goodbye to summer weather.

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Rain and strong gusts of winds were expected throughout Germany on Thursday, with the western part of the country to see the heaviest downpour, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

The wet weather will intensify in the afternoon, moving north to Berlin and Hamburg.

The mercury was set to stretch between 17C and 25C throughout the country, according to DWD, with northern areas experiencing the coolest temperatures.

‘Long-awaited rainfall’

The storms were welcomed in drought-hit parts of western Germany, which has seen record heat over the past few years. 

“Peggy is a heroine. She is bringing long-awaited rainfall in the dry west,” wrote DWD in its weather report Thursday. 

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Yet they also pose a risk for flooding, particularly in parts of northwestern Germany, where between 30 and 50 liters of water per square meter were predicted to fall throughout the day.

“Even if the rain is certainly more of a blessing than a curse for many, these amounts also carry the risk of flooding streets or filling up cellars,” wrote DWD.

Rain will continue around the country on Friday. In the east and southeast, the sun is expected to shine again by the late afternoon, with the mercury reaching around 21C. 

Storms stretch into weekend

Saturday will likely be the coldest day of the week with highs of only 17C in some places, particularly along the coasts. Yet eastern regions will see the mercury rise between 18C and 22C.

The DWD advised to “keep an umbrella around as a faithful companion” as the wet weather continues.

On Sunday, stormy weather will slowly calm down and the showers will retreat to the southeast parts of the country. The mercury is set to hover around a nationwide average of 22C and 23C.

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