Nordic countries experienced searing temperatures over the weekend with the tropical heat also being felt in Sweden, with most extreme heat in the country’s far north.
The Europe’s record-breaking heatwave moved north, with Norway on Saturday equalling its 1970 record, and many areas recording ‘tropical nights’.
According to Jorpeland, temperatures in the south of Sweden haven’t been as extreme and it’s not unusual that the mercury reaches 30 degrees a few days a year in the country, even though current temperatures are above average.
SMHI has also issued warnings of potential water shortages in August in 15 of the country’s 21 counties.
Heat warnings have been issued in Sweden, Norway and Finland and earlier in the week Finnish police even warned motorists to be mindful of moose, who were increasingly crossing roads in search of water to quench their thirst.
The World Meteorological Organization on Thursday said forecasts indicated that atmospheric flows would transport the heat from Europe to Greenland ‘resulting in high temperatures and consequently enhanced melting’.
Current predictions indicate the resulting melting of ice could approach the record losses recorded in 2012, the organisation said, citing scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute.