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Temps in northeast Finland drop to icy -32.2C overnight

The coldest winter temperature so far this season was measured in the wee hours of Thursday morning in the municipality of Salla.

Luminen näkymä -20 asteen pakkasessa Polvensuon Piispanjärvellä Suomussalmella jouluaattona.
Snowy Finnish landscape Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

A winter storm brought frigid temperatures of -32.2 degrees Celsius (-26 F) to Finnish Lapland early Thursday morning. The Finnish Meteorological Institute recorded the freeze in the Naruska district of Salla, located in the eastern part of Finnish Lapland.

The previous record for this winter season, -30.2 degrees Celsius, was measured shortly before the Christmas holidays on 23 December in the more central Lapland municipality of Sodankylä.

Weather conditions will be mostly clear and dry for the rest of the day on Thursday, although a new front of clouds will move in from the southwest in the evening, Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela said.

Temperatures in central areas will be between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, with between -10 and -15 forecast for the southern part of the country. New snow will start falling on western parts of Lapland by the afternoon on Thursday, bringing stronger winds. By the evening, western areas farther south will also receive more snow.

On Friday, temperatures are expected to rise back up to near the freezing point, with more snow predicted for southern and central Finland. Temperatures on Friday will be slightly colder in the east and north, at between -5 and -10.

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