Finland to freeze in second half of April

Grey skies are here to stay, says an Yle meteorologist. (Marcus Carlsten / Yle News)

Finland is set for chilly weather for the rest of the week, according to Yle meteorologist Elias Paakkanen. The forecast suggests it will be quite cloudy in the south and east.

“In the west and north, there’s a better chance of sunshine,” says Paakkanen.

Temperatures will remain very cold throughout the country, Paakkanen notes.

In the east and north, it will still be freezing during the day for the rest of the week, and the whole country is experiencing typical April night frosts.

“Compared to a normal April, electricity bills may be slightly higher in electrically heated houses,” Paakkanen says.

In Lapland, night frosts of -10-15 degrees Celsius are normal at this time of year. Temperatures below -20 degrees are unusual, but this could happen in the next couple of nights.

Daytime temperatures will be exceptionally cold across the board.

Lapland will be between zero and minus five degrees Celsius.

In the south, there will probably be some frost on Friday and Saturday.

“This is exceptional for this time of the year, as it is already the end of April,” Paakkanen says.

A snowstorm from the southeast is expected to arrive in southern and central Finland over the weekend.

The snow is expected between Friday and Saturday night, and some snow flurries may reach western Finland.

Eastern Finland may receive up to 15 centimetres of snow and five to ten centimetres elsewhere, Paakkanen estimates, warning that drivers will again need to be more vigilant than usual.

Lapland, on the other hand, is expected to be spared from snowfall. Elsewhere, the precipitation is expected to stop during the day on Saturday.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: “Our climate is changing before our eyes,” says WMO upon release of new report, Eye on the Arctic

Greenland: New study reveals Greenland’s glaciers losing more ice than thought, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Spring temps to continue defrosting Finland, Yle News

Iceland: Natural event seems to slow Icelandic glacier melt, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Another year of shrinking glaciers predicted in Sweden’s Far North, Radio Sweden

United States: Bering Sea ice at lowest extent in at least 5,500 years, study says, Alaska Public Media

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