Finland: New Year’s temperature low hits -33.4C

A file photo of a lone bird sitting on a treetop blanketed in snow is seen in (Ruka, Kuusamo. ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP via Getty Images)

It has been a freezing start to the new year in Finland, with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) recording a low temperature of 33.4 degrees below zero in Kuusamo on Monday morning.

On New Year’s Day temperatures across the country will range from -12 to -25 degrees Celsius, with even lower readings possible in northern areas where skies are clear. In the south, the wind chill factor is expected to make the temperature feel even colder.

A frost warning is in effect throughout the country. This means that the cold is hindering outdoor activities, and many individuals with chronic illnesses may experience more symptoms than usual.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued a severe cold warning for the entire country through Thursday.

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: 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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