Swedish rivers overflow as heatwave melts northern snow

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Swedish authorities have issued flood warnings to many parts of Sweden. Warm weather means snow is melting faster, causing rivers to overflow. In this picture taken in 2014, a river has washed away the road and felled trees in Kristinehamn, one of many areas currently under flood warning in western Sweden. (Johan Nilsson/AFP/Getty Images)
Skies are beautiful and sunny throughout much of the country, but the warmth has brought a problem: flooding, after all the snow earlier.

There are flood warnings in effect from Uppsala and Värmland, in central Sweden, all the way up to the very far north of the country, and some of those warnings are severe.

Radio Sweden hears from the officer on duty at the Swedish weather service, SMHI, as well as from two people who are affected by the flooding, interviewed by local Swedish radio stations P4 Jämtland and P4 Norrbotten.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Northern Finland braces for worst spring floods in decades, YLE News

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: On thin ice, North Pole camp folds after only 12 days, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Melting snow brings floods to central Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Anchorage, Alaska battered by strong winds, Alaska Public Media

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