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Snow to sweep back across Sweden

Published måndag 2 januari 2017 kl 09.34
Cars on snow-covered road.
Credit: Paul Kleiven/Scanpix/TT

Sweden is bracing itself for the return of the cold and snow after unusually high temperatures over the New Year's holiday.

The New Year’s Eve temperature in Stockholm of 10.3 degrees Celsius beat the 8.4 degrees recorded in 1975, to become the highest ever recorded for the final day of the year.

But that is now changing. Lisa Frost, a metreologist for the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), said that temperatures on Monday morning were below freezing in almost the entire country.

“It is only on the west coast where there are plus degrees, and that will last almost the whole week,” she said.

“In the north it will be thoroughly cold,” she added. “Tomorrow the temperature will be between 15 and 20 degrees below zero in northern Norrland.”

The warm temperatures and lack of snow during the festive period were in stark contrast to November when 39cm of snow fell in the Swedish capital on one day.

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