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Country faces record temperature in October

Published : 08 Nov 2018, 03:13

Updated : 08 Nov 2018, 11:02

  DF Report

Photo VisitFinland by Elina Sirparanta.

The average temperature in October was approximately one degree Celsius higher than usual in the southern and central parts of the country, according to the statistics of Finnish Meteorological Institute.

In Lapland, however, the temperatures remained slightly below average. The month’s highest temperature was 20.9°C recorded on 14 October at Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport in Kruunupyy.

This is a new warm weather record for October in Finland. The previous record, measured in 1985 at Malmi airfield in Helsinki, was exceeded by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

None of Finland’s monthly cold weather records have been broken in the 21st century. Instead, the Finnish warm temperature records have already been broken six times. This October’s lowest temperature was minus 18.7°C recorded in Vuotso, Sodankylä on 29 October.

Precipitation levels remained below average in the south as well as the north. Rainfall in the central parts of the country was close to the long-term average.

According to the preliminary data, the month’s highest amount of precipitation was 70.5mm recorded in Pötsönvaara, Ilomantsi. In contrast, the least rainfall was seen in Kilpisjärvi, Enontekiö, where the precipitation level was 11.8mm. The highest amount of rainfall in one day, 27.6 mm, was measured in Kemiönsaari on 23 October.

The weather grew colder for several days towards the end of October, and thermal winter began in most parts of Lapland around 22 October. At the end of the month, there was snow mainly in northern and central Lapland, with a snow cover of approximately 2-10cm.