Unusually cold month of July in Finland

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Temperatures as cold as those recorded in July in Finland only occur roughly once every ten years. (Henrietta Hassinen/Yle)
The month of July was unusually cold in Finland, according to the Meteorological Institute. The coldest temperature recorded last month was -1.6 degrees Celsius.

Most people in Finland during July won’t need the confirmation, but the Meteorological Institute has announced that the month was considerably colder than usual. In fact, temperatures as cold as those recorded in July only occur roughly once every ten years, according to long-term records.

The last time July was this cold was in 1996 in the more heavily populated southern and western parts of the country, and in 2015 in the east and north.

Average temperatures in July ranged between around 13 and 16 degrees Celsius. The warmest temperatures were recorded in the south and east, and in south-west Lapland and the Oulu region.

The coldest parts of the country included North Lapland and parts of the west.

The highest temperature recorded during the month was at Utsjoki on 28 July. The lowest, -1.6 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Kittilä on 7 July.

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