Buckled train tracks, fires and thunderstorms are causing major problems for the country’s railways, Thursday.
Intense heat is causing the risk of some train tracks in the country to ‘buckle’ and with temperatures forecast to be over 30C in Götaland in the coming days, the Swedish Transport Administration has closed several routes there until August 11 as a precaution.
Rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20C hotter than air temperature and tracks can bend out of shape as they expand.
Train traffic in the north of the country has also been disrupted by the weather, including services between Kiruna and Narvik. Traffic there was at a standstill on Thurdsay morning due to a fire in neighbouring Norway.
The Transport Administration is advising passengers wishing to travel to get in touch with their rail company for information of delays and cancellations.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Warming Arctic could be at heart of deadly July heatwave, CBC News
Norway: Arctic Europe’s July records melted under extreme temperatures, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Forest fires are raging across the Barents region, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Lasting drought behind Sweden’s worst projected harvest in 25 years, Radio Sweden
United States: Rapid Arctic warming is increasing the frequency of blizzards in U.S. Northeast: study, Radio Canada International