Summer and winter mix in Lapland

Rovaniemi still had its share of snow in early May. Image: Vanhanen Lapland may be blanketed in snow over the next few days, forecasts the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

A low pressure area is bringing sleet and snow to northern Finland towards the end of the week. Temperatures are expected to plunge close to freezing, with eastern and northern Finnish Lapland seeing wintry conditions on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The ground may go white,” says FMI meteorologist Ari Mustala.

Winter is not expected to make a comeback in western parts of Lapland, though sleet may fall in Rovaniemi on Thursday.

The FMI says the freak snowfall will be a passing phenomenon.

“The weather will warm up this weekend, and the mercury may climb to +20 degrees Celsius in eastern Lapland early next week,” explains Mustala.

By Sunday and Monday, Utsjoki, in Finland’s far north, will be the warmest place in the country.

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