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Risk of fire spreads in warm and dry Sweden

Published lördag 13 juli 2013 kl 17.46
Warm and dry weather has increased the risk of fire in Sweden. File photo: Pontus Lundahl / SCANPIX

Warm and dry weather has increased the risk of fires in Sweden, and the weather service, SMHI, has urged people in southern Sweden to be extra careful. "Many places in southern Sweden run a great risk of fire," says Swedish Television's meteorologist Mats Andersson.

Uppland province north of Stockholm, Falun in central Sweden and the area around Malmö in the south are among those affected. On Sunday, the risk will subside slightly – but only temporarily.

"It will be cooler on Sunday and the risk of fires will decrease significantly with the showers we're expecting along the Baltic coast and in the south," Andersson says.

SMHI have issued an open burning prohibition order. Affected areas are shown on their website.

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