Finland breaks October records with temperatures above 20 degrees

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Finland’s single-day heat record for October was broken Sunday when temperatures reached above 20 degrees in Ylivieska, central Finland. (Radio-Canada)
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

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