Finland expects a white Christmas nationwide

Low pressure will sweep across Finland, which means even the southern part of the country will have snow cover over the holiday period. (Photo : Yle)

Finland will wake up the morning of Christmas Eve to a winter wonderland, according to a forecast from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The day before, on December 23, a low pressure system will sweep across the country, meaning that even the southern part of Finland will get some snow cover. The amount of snow, however, varies from more than thirty centimetres in the north and east of Finland, to a few centimetres in southwestern Finland.

“In other words, Santa can distribute gifts to children in a snow-covered winter wonderland, even if it is a thin layer,” says meteorologist Sini Tenhunen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The holiday period will mostly be spent in cold weather, although in southwest Finland the temperature may rise just above freezing on Thursday. On Christmas Eve, however, the temps are expected to be -10 to -15 all over the country.

Related stories from around the North: 

CanadaNunavut, Canada breaks 47 daily temperature records in 1st 6 days of October, CBC News

Finland: Santa and his reindeer set off from snowy Lapland, Yle News

Greenland: Arctic Report Card 2021 – Sea ice changes, rain on Greenland ice sheet among dramatic changes in North, Eye on the Arctic

Russia: WMO confirms 38 C Arctic temperature record in Russia, Eye on the Arctic

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

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