Norway’s summer weather helps set records for meat sales

Unusually warm weather for the time of year has sent record numbers of Norwegians to supermarkets in search of meat to throw on the barbecue.

Norway’s summer weather helps set records for meat sales
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Spare ribs have seen a particular surge in popularity as temperatures have soared over the last month, NRK and NTB report.

Supermarker Coop said it had seen an increase of 55 percent in sales of the meat product compared with May 2017, while competitor Meny has sold 70 percent more, according to the report.

“With the weather in May we have seen quite enormous sales of both barbecue products and meat,” Coop’s head of communication Harald Kristiansen told media Nationen.

“We have sold as many spare ribs by weight this May as we did in the whole of last summer,” Meny’s head of communication Nina Horn Hynne said.

Hynne added that generally high meat sales in May had also seen sales of hamburgers and sausages increase by 40 percent and 80 percent respectively.

Rema 1000 reported that its main suppliers were seeing an “all-time high” of chicken and meat orders.

The high popularity of barbecuing in warm weather in Norway has in fact been tempered somewhat this month by bans on open fires in several areas prone to forest fire, as a result of the dry weather.

But grilling meat on the barbie remains permitted in private gardens and public parks in city areas, provided the appropriate safety precautions are taken.

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Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

Sweden's state-owned rail company SJ cancelled several train services on Tuesday as a result of the snowy weather, while forecasters warned that roads could still be slippery in many regions.

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

SJ is cancelling several regional trains on Tuesday between Stockholm and Uppsala, Stockholm and Västerås, and Gävle and Linköping at the request of the Swedish Transport Administration, which wants to free up space on the tracks. 

At the same time, weather forecaster SMHI warned that, while snowfall would decrease over the day, there would still be a risk of slippery roads in many areas.

“It’s still continuing to snow, but the intensive snowfall we are now warning about will come to an end during the day, starting in the south of the country,” state meteorologist Angelica Lundberg told the TT newswire.  “Over the coming days there may be an increased risk of slipping and this is the case most of all close to the coast.” 

Bengt Olsson, press officer for the Swedish Transport Administration, told SVT that the disruptions seen on Sunday and Monday looked likely to ease off on Tuesday. 

“It’s a bit calmer so far. There’s another type of road surface to day. It’s starting to freeze up a but. There’s a lot of crust from the snow and patches of ice out on the road, so its the risk of skidding that we are trying to deal with today.”

The slippery roads have led to some busses being cancelled, with Dalatrafiken, the bus operator in Dalarna, cancelling several regional bus services. 

Buses parked at the Keolis bus depot in Värtahamnen cruise terminal in Stockholm.
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Stockholm’s transport operator SL suspended the Lindingöbanan Light-railway line on Tuesday morning, and has also reduced some commuter train services. In Söderort, Huddinge and Botkyrka all bus services have been cancelled. 

“The measures taken to prevent skidding aren’t working,” SL’s press spokesperson Andreas Strömberg told SVT. “At Juliaborg in Huddinge six of our buses got stuck, so the traffic controllers decided to cancel all further services so we can get in snow ploughs.

Snow was continuing to fall on Tuesday over much of central Sweden, and SMHI has issued the lowest “yellow” weather warning for Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro, Dalarna, and the north of Värmland. 

In most places, there is now between 5cm-15cm of snow, with 20cm in some places.