Temperatures reached - 40 celsius overnight

- 40.8 A New Cold Record

A new Winter record for the season was set overnight on Wednesday as temperatures plunged to - 40.8 celsius in the far north of Sweden in Hemavan in Lappland.

Freezing temperatures have hit the whole of Sweden with central areas experiencing between - 30 and - 40 celsius in recent days but milder weather is on the way next week, although the temperatures will still be below zero. - 40 celsius is also the same degrees in farenheit, -40!

Not since the the mid 1980's has Sweden experienced such cold temperatures. The reason for the big chill is the winds blowing in from Siberia.

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