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IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

Heavy snow in Denmark in the first two days of December has caused disruption in parts of the country.

An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd.
An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell on Wednesday in North Jutland, resulting in flights being ground and public transport grinding to a halt.

Electric scooters buried under the snow in Aalborg. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Customers and staff at the Aalborg branch of Ikea camped for the night in the store after being snowed in.

Snow on the E45 motorway in Jutland. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Rail traffic across the Great Belt Bridge was meanwhile severely disrupted due to a fallen cable with trains between Odense and Nyborg still not running at the time of writing. They are expected to resume at 8pm Thursday, operator DSB tweeted. Trains were also temporarily suspended between Aarhus and Aalborg.

Snow also hit capital Copenhagen, here seen in Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Snowfall was expected to taper off during Thursday afternoon with most ground snow melting, met agency DMI said according to broadcaster DR.

Snow-covered bicycles in Copenhagen district Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

But more snow or sleet could be on the way on Thursday night, eliciting a risk of icy roads, the agency warned.

Snow at Aalborg’s Mølleparken on Thursday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

North Jutland is again expected to see the coldest weather with temperatures between -8 and -3 degrees Celsius.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 

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As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas. 

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