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Emergency services warn of weakened ice conditions

Despite the winter weather early this week, previous sunny days have thinned ice sheets across the country.

Pintapelastajat pelastavat heikkoihin jäihin vajonneen Kulosaaren edustalla Helsingissä.
The Emergency Response Centre Agency said in the past few days, they have received several reports of people stranded in the water. Image: Helsingin kaupungin pelastuslaitos
Yle News

The Emergency Response Centre Agency took to Twitter on Monday to warn people about weakening ice on lakes and waterways across Finland.

In recent days, the emergency services have received several reports of people stranded in water due to weakened ice.

The emergency response service noted that the recent sunny days have made the ice cover brittle and the thickness of the ice does not necessarily indicate how strong it is.

"In many places, the ice is no longer accessible," the tweet said.

Deceptive snow cover

Snow cover can also make it difficult to assess the strength of the ice.

According to Yle forecasts, southern Finland is expected to receive up to 15 centimetres of snowfall between Monday and Tuesday, making the strength of the ice on lakes more difficult to assess.

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