A winter storm brought frigid temperatures of -32.2 degrees Celsius (-26 F) to Finnish Lapland (Arctic) early Thursday morning. The Finnish Meteorological Institute recorded the freeze in the Naruska district of Salla, located in the eastern part of Finnish Lapland.
The previous record for this winter season, -30.2 degrees Celsius, was measured shortly before the Christmas holidays on 23 December in the more central Lapland municipality of Sodankylä.
Weather conditions were set to be mostly clear and dry for the rest of the day on Thursday, although a new front of clouds will move in from the southwest in the evening, Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela said.
Temperatures in central areas were expected to be between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, with between -10 and -15 forecast for the southern part of the country. New snow was set to start falling on western parts of Lapland by the afternoon on Thursday, bringing stronger winds. By the evening, western areas farther south will also receive more snow.
On Friday, temperatures are expected to rise back up to near the freezing point, with more snow predicted for southern and central Finland. Temperatures on Friday will be slightly colder in the east and north, at between -5 and -10.
Related links from around the North:
Canada: An exceptionally nice fall in Canada’s Yukon this year, CBC News
Finland: Strong winter storm batters Finland, causing power cuts, traffic delays, Yle News
Norway: December sea ice levels in Arctic Europe at record low, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Arctic coastal town of Dikson is fastest-warming place in Russia, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Strong winds roar across central Sweden, Radio Sweden
United States: New study predicts ‘radical re-shaping’ of Arctic landscape by 2100, CBC News