Weekend temperatures plunging to -30C in Finland

Beware of falling icicles! Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva  A white Christmas is in store nationwide as the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) forecasts frosty temperatures over the coming weekend.

The institute predicts that on Saturday and Sunday the mercury will plummet to 30 below in central areas, though parts of the south may also see teeth-chattering temperatures.

While freezing conditions will continue over the next few days, milder weather is expected to set in starting on Monday, Christmas Eve.

Thermometers in northern Finland will mainly be in the -10C to -20C range.

Clouds will start moving in to south on Christmas Eve, warming up southern and central areas to between -4 and -15 degrees Celsius.

Christmas Day will likely see snow showers in many parts of the country, when the mercury will hit zero in the south.

Finland is currently blanketed in an exceptionally deep snow cover, which is raising hopes of a white Christmas for many. With over half a metre of the white stuff, Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso and northern Lapland are the snowiest regions at the moment.

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