Cold snap in Finland loosening its grip up to southern Lapland

Cold temperatures will continue for a few more days, but much milder weather is in the forecast for next week. (Sami Takkinen / Yle)

Current bone-chilling conditions are expected to ease next week with temperatures above freezing all the way up into southern Lapland.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) forecasts that temperatures will start rising as early as Thursday in western parts of the country.

“The temperature will not rise above zero, but the weather will be milder than -10C ,” says FMI Meteorologist Ville Siiskonen.

On Friday, temperatures will remain between -5C and -10C in the west. In Lapland, Friday’s forecast is for -10C to -15C.

On Saturday, a warm front is expected to move into the country, possibly bringing freezing drizzle and rain, but with temperatures remaining below zero.

Next week will see a shift to milder weather, with temperatures edging up above freezing in most of the country, all the way up into southern Lapland.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland: Temperatures headed toward -40C in Finnish Lapland, Yle News

RussiaWhat is happening with Arctic weather? Moscow wants to know, The Independent Barents Observer

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