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In pictures: Eiffel Tower struck by lightning as storms hit Paris

The Iron Lady was hit by lightning on Wednesday during a spring storm in Paris. Here's a look at the moment in pictures and what's on the horizon for the weather in France over the coming days.

In pictures: Eiffel Tower struck by lightning as storms hit Paris
Photo: Bertrand Kulik/Flickr

The moment the bolt of lightning hit the iconic Paris monument was captured by photographer Bertrand Kulik (see below). 

 

 
 
 
The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and is regularly hit by lightning, with the monument receiving around four to five strikes a year.
 
This isn't the first time such dramatic scenes have been witnessed in the French capital and elsewhere across France during the month of May. 
 
Last year France's national weather agency Méteo France said that the country experienced the most lightning strikes making contact with the earth since the year 2000.
 
More storms are set to hit France on Thursday in the Hauts-de-France region in the north while rain will hit much of the rest of the country, according to Meteo France. 
 
Meanwhile on Friday the storms will hit Occitanie right in the south of France as temperatures and conditions start to improve across most of the country. 
 
From Monday next week, the weather will seem more pleasantly springlike, with sunshine predicted across most of France and the mercury set to rise from Wednesday. 
 
French words to know:
 
Weather – la météo 
 
Eiffel Tower – la Tour Eiffel
 
Lightning – la foudre
 
Storm – un orage

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TRAVEL NEWS

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. 

 
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