Snow and sleet to hit Lapland, Finland as autumn sets in

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Autumn is coming: Lapland residents may have to contend with snow and sleet, next week. (Sakari Partanen/Yle News)
As Finnish residents come to terms with the end of summer, Yle meteorologist Toni Hellinen is predicting snow and sleet in Lapland.

Summer’s all-too-few balmy mornings and evenings have already given way to autumn chill. Yle meteorologist Toni Hellinen said Friday that while conditions will improve next week, there’s nothing to indicate a return to the summer temperatures.

Conditions over the weekend will be variable and while the sun may put in an appearance, it’ll be mostly cloudy, cold and wet.

From Monday Lapland will be coldest and temperatures will come in around five degrees Celsius. According to Hellinen, that could mean snow and sleet on northern fells. Down south, however, highs could be either side of 15 degrees.

“Given the time of year, temperatures across the entire country are cooler than usual,” Hellinen noted.

While daytime highs will settle at around 15 degrees next week, they are usually closer to 20 degrees at this time of year. In Lapland, temperatures will remain below five degrees, compared to the 10 degrees that is more common in late August.

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