Greatest number of hot days in July measured in Lapland

Road signs, including to Utsjoki, which had the highest number of hot days this July. (Eilis Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

July statistics from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) revealed that Kevo, Utsjoki in Lapland experienced the highest count of hot days that month. 

Hot temperatures are considered anything over 25 C.

The occurrence of hot days elsewhere in the country ranged between zero and two.

When analyzing the average July temperatures in the country, the FMI said the month remained within the normal range.

“The average monthly temperature in Lapland was approximately between 12 C and 15 C degrees, while in other parts of the country the range was around 14 C to 17 C,” the agency said. 

“The deviation of the average temperature was largely 0…-1 C, while in the east the deviation was -1…-1.7 C.”

Record rainfall, but not in Lapland

According to the FMI,  certain regions of the country experienced record rainfall, with eastern Finland being slightly colder than usual in many places. 

A file photo of the sun setting through the trees in Inari, Finland. Lapland was spared the record rainfall experienced elsewhere in the country. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

“The rainfall in July was higher than usual in the southern and central parts of the country, with unusually or even exceptionally high readings at many observation stations,” the agency said. “In Lapland, precipitation levels were slightly below the long-term average.

“In the eastern parts of Finland, the unusually and exceptionally heavy rainfall was spread out more evenly over July, whereas in the areas of Jyväskylä and Multia, the rainfall that topped July records at observation stations came mostly around 28 and 29 July, bringing more than 100 millimetres of rain within 1 to 2 days.”

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Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Hot and dry July saw temperature records topple in the Yukon, CBC News

Greenland: Alarming, above-average ice loss in Greenland due to rising temperatures, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Heatwave hit Europe’s Arctic coast, The Independent Barents Observer

SwedenHigh risk of wildfires in many parts of Sweden, including North, Radio Sweden

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