A high pressure zone over Finland will make for sunny, dry and very cold weather as the week begins. According to Yle meteorologist Kerttu Kotakorpi, the cold spell will last until Wednesday and temperatures will be about five degrees lower than average throughout the country.
Cold weather has held northern Finland in its grip for some time already this autumn. However conditions during the week ahead will be unusually frigid given the time of year, Kotakorpi noted.
She added that up residents of the north can also expect between 10 and 40 centimetres of snow into the bargain.
Daytime highs in southern Finland will hover around zero degrees Celsius, but will fall to between -5 and -10 degrees and will range from -5 to -20 degrees in the north. Wind will increase the chill factor.
"Based on the current forecast, snow will not quite reach all the way to the south," Kotakorpi said.
She added that the cold will loosen its grip after Wednesday and that more precipitation is in store as the week closes.