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Easter Sunday got off to an unusually cold start across Sweden – with three weather records broken as some towns experienced their chilliest April night in decades.
Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10cm of snow in northern Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar.
In Örebro, the mercury dropped to -14C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro.
In Karlstad, Sweden’s meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached -9C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985.
In Floda, Södermanland, things were even colder, reaching -17C. That was the coldest night measured since the local weather monitoring station was set up in 1995.
“It’s over 20 years old now, so we can say it’s remarkable that it was so cold,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at SMHI, told Swedish newswire TT.
It’s possible for temperatures to fall below -10C in southern Sweden during spring nights, but it’s unusual.
In Götaland, since the start of the 2000s, the mercury has only slipped below the -10C mark four times.
On Easter Sunday, southern Sweden can expect snow and temperatures a few degrees above zero, while the north of the country will remain below freezing.
Courtesy of thelocal.se
Parts of normally sunny Spain were carpeted in snow overnight
Four inches of the white stuff was found lying on the ground in the region of Tarragona
A couple walks their dog on a snow-covered field at the wind farm at Serra del Tallat in Tarragona, Spain
But in Tarragona, Spain, locals woke to a winter wonderland with four inches of snow covering the ground with temperatures dropping to -12C.
The snow settled in the higher areas of the region as well as in other areas of the country.
The Galacia region in the north west of Spain was also hit by the inclement weather with snow and storms battering the area.
Rainy weather is also expected to sweep across Catalonia, northern Aragon, Navarre and eastern parts of the Cantabrian coast.
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk