Overnight freeze gives northern Finland relief from scorching summer

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After an unusually hot summer, temperatures fell below freezing point in northern Finland, Tuesday. (Getty Images)
According to Yle meteorologist Marjo Hoikkanen, Finland is yet to experience thermal autumn, however instruments at six weather monitoring stations in northern Finland recorded zero-degree overnight temperatures on Tuesday.

The measurements were recorded in Taivalkoski, Ylitornio, Vaala, Pudasjärvi and at two locations in Kittilä.

“The temperature was between zero and minus one degree Celsius. However we still haven’t transitioned into autumn,” Hoikkanen said. “We are definitely still on the summer side. Thermal autumn means that average temperatures range from zero to 10 degrees Celsius,” she added.

Warmer nights this weekend

The meteorologist said that residents along an axis stretching from northern Ostrobothnia in the west to Kainuu in the east can expect another frigid night on Wednesday.

However nights will warm up after that and on Friday temperatures nationwide will reach at least 20 degrees Celsius.

“Saturday and Sunday will be considerably more unsettled. There will be rain and it will be a bit cooler but with a chance of very warm weather in eastern Finland on Saturday,” Hoikkanen noted.

Earlier this month the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) said that this year had seen the hottest July recorded since the organisation’s establishment in 1838.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Warming Arctic could be at heart of deadly July heatwave, CBC News

Finland: Poor harvest caused by dry summer may force Finnish farmers to slaughter livestock, Yle News

Norway: Arctic Europe’s July records melted under extreme temperatures, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Forest fires are raging across the Barents region, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Hot weather continues to cause problems for Sweden’s railways, Radio Sweden

United States: Rapid Arctic warming is increasing the frequency of blizzards in U.S. Northeast: study, Radio Canada International

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