Hot summer means more drownings, dry lakes and fewer berries
Northern Europe has experienced higher than average temperatures this summer — 47 people drowned in Sweden in July, as boaters and swimmers flocked to the country’s lakes and coasts seeking relief.
In Norway, waterways fell to their lowest levels in 30 years or more after a hot July.
The lower part of the river Glomma system reached the lowest levels it’s seen in more than 100 years.
With an unusually dry summer in most of Finland, water levels in Finnish lakes also dropped 60 centimetres lower than normal.
Wells have dried up, riverbeds are running low, piers are on dry land, and row boats are more difficult than usual to get on shore, reports the Helsingin Sanomat.
Many of the Ukrainian who traveled to Finland in the hope of earning money picking berries now want to go home. That’s because dry summer nearly wiped out the berry crop in Finnish Lapland.
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