Finland braces for cold weekend

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Temperatures could drop to -30 degrees Celsius in Arctic Finland this weekend. (iStock)
Outdoorsy folk who plan to enjoy the wintry scenery and fresh air are being advised to brace for glacial conditions as the weekend approaches.

A low pressure zone that hovered over Finland during the middle of the week has drifted towards Russia, leaving cold and crisp conditions in its wake. However some flurries are still possible on the southwest coast and in the Åland Islands on Friday.

“The temperature range will be between -10 and -20 degrees Celsius. Lapland will be coldest and coastal areas will be mildest,” said Yle meteorologist Toni Hellinen.

In fact the mercury will fall to its lowest point for the week so far on Friday night in the south and west.

On Saturday another low pressure front will waft in from the northwest to the west coast, causing some afternoon snowfall, while skies may clear from time to time. The snow front may move toward southern and western Finland during Saturday evening and Sunday night.

“Between five and 10 centimetres of light dry snow will pile up in some areas,” Hellinen added.

Sunday will be the coldest and clearest day of the weekend, with lows reaching -30 degrees Celsius in Lapland.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Northwestern Canada: hopes sinking for Dawson City ice bridge, despite cold snap, CBC News

Finland: Winter storm to hit southern Finland, Yle News

Norway: Vegetation in Arctic Europe disturbed by mid-autumn thaw, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Strong winds roar across central Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s Cold War radars face new threat from climate change, Alaska Public Media

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