Finland hits a new low: -36.8C

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Snow removal equipment operators work at the runways following the heavy snowfall at Helsinki International Airport, in Vantaa, Finland January 24, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/Reuters)
Yet another record low temperature for this winter was recorded early Wednesday morning at Inari in Finnish Lapland. Meanwhile, snow and wind have made driving conditions hazardous nationwide and raised the threat of power outages.

A Finnish Meteorological Institute measuring station at Inari recorded a reading of -36.8 degrees Celsius at 7AM Wednesday morning.

A reading of more than -36C was also made in Kittilä.

The previous record for this winter, -34.6C was recorded at Muonio on Monday.

Drivers urged to exercise extreme caution

Fresh snow, up to 10cm in some areas, combined with gusty winds has made driving conditions hazardous to extremely hazardous throughout the country. The day’s forecast includes the arrival of a new weather front moving in from the west, bringing rain, sleet and snow.

Power utilities and emergency services have been gearing up to deal with possible electricity outages that could affect 1000s of households.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland: As snow continues to fall, Eastern Finland enters second week without power, Yle News

Iceland: High peak in low season, Iceland’s mass-tourism boiling over, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: “Gender-equal snow-clearing” to benefit cyclists and pedestrians in Sweden, Radio Sweden

Russia: Challenges ahead for electric car chargers along Europe’s northernmost highway, The Independent Barents Observer

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