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Swedish-Danish Øresund bridge reopens as storm winds abate

The Øresund Bridge, which links Sweden and Denmark, reopened on Sunday morning after being forced to close for safety reasons due to strong winds from storm Malik, which is currently battering northern Europe.

Øresund Bridge
Øresund Bridge carries motor and railway traffic and connects Sweden and Denmark.(Photo: Janus Langhorn/imagebank.sweden.se)

However, wind-sensitive vehicles were advised against crossing the combined highway and railway bridge due to still-strong winds, the consortium operating the bridge wrote on Twitter.

Hurricane-force winds were measured on several occasions during the evening and overnight, it said.

The bridge reopened at around 9.10am after closing to all traffic in both directions at 7pm on Saturday, Ritzau news agency reported earlier.

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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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