Arctic winds chill Finland in July

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The Tornionjoki River, in Northern Finland. (Risto Koskinen/Yle)
July has been unusually cool in Finland, with highs barely reaching 20 degrees Celsius.

In June, the mercury hit 32 degrees Celsius in the northern city of Oulu, whereas July’s highs have hovered around 20 degrees.

Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela said recorded daytime temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius in Kuhmo and Ilomantsi in eastern Finland on Friday are considered especially nippy for this time of year.

Air flows from the North Pole and Arctic Ocean are cooling down eastern Finland, according to Koskela. The rest of the country has also experienced chilly conditions, particularly at night.

“Last night there was frost in parts of western Finland and Lapland. That’s not good for crops, especially strawberries,” he said.

Finland should gradually warm up over the course of next week, though no radical change in conditions is expected.

While July, the most popular summer vacation month in Finland, has been unseasonably cool, June was warmer than average, with 11 days of temperatures in excess of 25 degrees Celsius, a uniquely Finnish threshold for describing weather as “hot”.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Water levels unusually low across Beaufort Delta region, in northwestern Canada, CBC News

Finland: Temperatures reach 30 degrees in southern Finland, Yle News

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

Russia: June heat wave hits Northern Europe, The Independent Barents Observer

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

United States: Temperatures nearing all-time records in Southcentral Alaska, Alaska Public Media

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