Finnish Lapland sees coldest day of the season so far

A new cold record for this season was set in Finnish, Lapland. (Anne-Pauliina Rytkönen / Yle)

This winter’s lowest temperature of -20 degrees was recorded in the municipality of Muonio on Tuesday morning.

Temperatures in the Finnish Lapland municipality of Muonio plummeted to a low of -20 degrees Celsius on Tuesday morning, setting a new cold record for this season.

The reading was measured just before 9am at the new Muonio Oustajärvi observation station. The previous record for this winter stood at -17 degrees Celsius, recorded at Enontekiö Airport on 18 October.

Previously, Muonio’s temperature measurements were conducted in the town centre. The newly-opened Oustajärvi station is located a couple of kilometres southeast and has now taken over the role of monitoring temperatures in the northern Finnish town.

Related stories from around the North: 

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

Finland: Record average September temperatures stretch into Northern Finland, Eye on the Arctic

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

Norway: Polar heat record. July average above 10°C, The Independent Barents Observer

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

United States: Bursting ice dam in Alaska highlights risks of glacial flooding around the globe, The Associated Press

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