Sweden braces for region’s worst storm
As Britain is bearing the brunt of the storm St Jude, Sweden is also stepping up preparations and warnings for residents in the southern and western parts of the country.
St Jude, dubbed the worst storm to hit the region in years, is expected to hit the Skåne, southern Sweden, and Västra Götaland, western Sweden today. The storm is expected to subside by Tuesday.
St Jude has registered wind speeds up to 130kph. The Halland region, western Sweden may be upgraded to class three warning due to the severe gusts.
Meteorologist Lisa Frost of the national weather agency SMHI said ‘One should preferably stay indoors.’ Fellow meteorologist Sofia Söderberg added ‘There might be difficulties for tall vehicles and branches on smaller trees might snap and blow around.’
SMHI has also issued a snowfall warning in Norrbotten, northern Sweden, where 10-20cm of snow is expected. So far, the lowest recorded temperature of the season was recorded in Nikkaluokta, northern Sweden at -21.4C