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Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

The weekend saw record temperatures across much of Sweden with Saturday's high beaten on Sunday by the 35 degrees recorded in Målilla in southern Sweden, before thunder and rain gave welcome respite on Sunday evening.

Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

“The highest recordings have been in eastern Småland and southern Östergötland. Malexander had 33.4 degrees, Hagshult and Jönköping airport measured 33.1 and Örebro 32.6 degrees,” said Nils Holmqvist at meteorological office SMHI.

Sunday’s 35 degree high is thus the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1994. The Swedish record is 38 degrees, recorded in Ultuna in 1933 and in Målilla in 1947.

But not all parts of Sweden enjoyed hot dry weather on Sunday with a storm front pushing in rain and thunder from the west.

SMHI issued a class one (on a climbing scale of four) storm warning for lightning in Värmland, Halland and västra Götaland during Sunday evening. Värmland experienced tornado winds and several trees fell victim to the storm.

“We have a front with rain which can contain thunder, which is moving from Skåne up through Småland towards Uppland over the coming day,” said Nils Holmqvist.

Despite the rains, the heat is set to continue with Monday and Tuesday offering hot, dry weather across many parts of the country.

Östra Götaland and Svealand will experience a continue heat wave with temperatures above 30, although Sunday’s high is not expected to be exceeded, according to SMHI. The remainder of the country will experience cooler temperatures in the region of 20-25 degrees.

More rain is expected to sweep in across the country on Tuesday, moving north-east over Götaland, Svealand and southern Norrland. In Svealand and southern Norrland heavy rains are forecast, with the wet weather extending to central Norrland.

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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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