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DROUGHT IN SWEDEN

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Temperatures in southern and central Sweden this week hit 82 degrees, the same as reported from the Mediterranean resort island of Majorca - good for vacationers but not so hot for farmers.

Or maybe a trifle too hot for farmers, who are complaining of the worst drought in 50 years.The national news agency TT said the water table dropped by up to a foot in parts of Sweden after a virtually snowless winter, dry spring and early summer.

Local authorities imposed irrigation bans in some areas, including the Skane and Blekinge agricultural provinces in the south.