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Cold snap chills summer in Lapland

Lapland has been blanketed in snow over the past couple of days, as a low pressure zone dumped sleet and snow in the north.

Liikenneviraston kelikamerakuva Saariselältä 28.6.2012 klo 9.
Traffic camera view of sleet in Saariselkä, Finnish Lapland Thursday morning. Image: Liikennevirasto

Earlier this week the Finnish Meteorological Instituted (FMI) forecasted wintry conditions that would bring snow and sleet to Finland's far north.

On Thursday night temperatures in Lapland fell below zero in many areas. The mercury fell to -0.6 degrees in Näkkäla in Enontekiö, while a reading of -0.5 degrees was recorded in Kilpisjärvi in Finland's northwestern arm.

Residents of southern Lapland also felt the chill, temperatures registered -0.5 degrees Thursday night.

On Wednesday night snow covered fells in Saariselkä in the far north. The FMI says the freak snowfall will be a passing phenomenon as conditions are due to warm up over the weekend.

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