June heat wave hits Northern Europe

Solovki, a Russian town on the coast of the White Sea. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Temperatures over 30°C on the White Sea coast and within the Arctic Circle on the Kola Peninsula.

30,3°C near Olenegorsk and in Lovozero on the Kola Peninsula (northwest Russia) on Saturday is far from normal in early June inside the Arctic Circle.

In Kem on the White Sea coast (northwest Russia), where you can take the boat over to the Solovki archipelago, temperatures raised to 30,9°C. Also several other locations on the western White Sea coast saw over 30°C.

In northern Finland, the town of Ivalo had 28°C. Kautokeino in Norway and Pajala in northern Sweden both had 26°C. Both towns are north of the Arctic Circle. Saturday’s high temperatures were followed by heavy rain with massive thunderstorms as colder winds moved in.

Spring has been warmer than normal in northern Scandinavia with April temperatures in Norway’s northernmost region Finnmark being in average 4 to 5 degrees above normal.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Tornado hit Northwest Territories community last Sunday, CBC News

Finland: Weather warming up across Finland, Yle News

Norway: Temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Small fires break out due to dry conditions, Radio Sweden

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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