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Warm weather sparks fire bans

Published onsdag 24 juli 2013 kl 10.09
Photo: Johan Nilsson / Scanpix

Recent summer temperatures here have prompted authorities to ban the lighting of fires and the use of disposable barbeques in many southern and central areas.

The Swedish Meterological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is forecasting temperatures of around 26 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) for three consecutive days. Swedish Radio News reports that last weekend tempreatures reached 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) in the southern town of Ronneby.

SMHI has banned the lighting of fires in woodland and parkland in many parts of central and southern Sweden. The ban includes disposable barbeques, but not those in parks specifically set aside for barbequing, or in private gardens.  

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