On Sunday around 2:30 PM meteorologists in Ylivieska (central Finland), some 130 kilometres south of Oulu, recorded a high of 20.5C, breaking the previous October all-time high of 19.4C, recorded in Helsinki in 1985. Kruunupyy, Kuopio, Siikajoki and Kokkola-Pietarsaari also saw a return of summer with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees.
Finland has been experiencing an abnormally warm autumn. On Saturday Vaasa recorded its warmest overnight temperature for October since 1961, with a low of 14.3 degrees Celsius, Henri Nyman from the Finnish Meteorological Institute told Yle.
Continental Europe is experiencing warmer-than-normal temperatures, with southern Sweden seeing all-time high temperatures in the mid-20s this month.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Global warming ‘pause’ about to end, raise Earth’s temperatures further, CBC News
Finland: Cities in Finland and Sweden among Europe’s fastest-warming, data shows, YLE News
Norway: Arctic ecosystems face irreversible change without fast climate action, UN report says, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Arctic coastal town of Dikson is fastest-warming place in Russia, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: After the IPCC’s devastating report, what can Sweden do to fight climate change?, Radio Sweden
United States: New study predicts ‘radical re-shaping’ of Arctic landscape by 2100, CBC News