July cooler than average for Finland, except in eastern Lapland

July was a month of rainy unsettled weather in Finland, with the eastern part of the Arctic Lapland region one of only two places in the country that maintained average precipitation levels. (iStock)
Finland experienced slightly cooler and more rain than usual in the month of July, except for the eastern part of the Arctic region of Lapland, where temperatures were slightly above the usual.

In other parts of the country, temperatures were approximately one to two degrees cooler than average.

“The coolish weather type characterised by low pressures was reflected fairly clearly in the number of hot days and sunshine hours,” said Jari Tuovinen, a  meteorologist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, in a news release.

The hottest temperature in July was in  Liperi in North Karlelia that recorded 27.7 C on July 18. 

The coldest temperature of the month, -0.9 C on July 3, was recorded in the Arctic village of Kilpisjarvi near the Finnish border with Sweden and Norway. 

Month of unsettled weather

Precipitation was also heavy at times through July, a month the FMI characterized as being marked by unsettled weather. Rainfall in many regions of the country was more than 100 mm. 

Isojoki, a municipality in the South Ostrobothnia region, recorded the highest rainfall at 193.1 millimetres.

The only regions of the country that maintained average precipitation levels for July were eastern part of Finland’s arctic Lapland region, and on the Aland islands in the country’s southwest. 

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Global ocean temperatures hit new record highs in 2019 causing devastating effects in the Arctic, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: 40 C temperature gap between northern and southern Finland, Yle News

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

Russia: Russian climate report stresses adaptation but no reduction in fossil fuel extraction, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: January temperatures about 10°C above normal in parts of northern Sweden, says weather service, Radio Sweden

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

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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