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Again Record Cold

Once again, a new record-low temperature for this winter was recorded Friday evening in Lapland. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the thermometer dipped to -34 degrees Celsius at Kevojärvi in the area of Utsjoki in the far north.

Image: YLE / Raine Martikainen

The low temperature is the record for this winter so far, but remains well short of the all-time record for November.

The weather station at Kevojärvi is a new facility, brought on line only this past September and is located at a lower altitude than others in the area.

According to YLE Meteorologist Matti Huutonen, the readings taken by the new station are providing a better indication of temperature extremes in the far north.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute's weather station at Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, showed a warming in Saturday's temperatures, with a reading in Utsjoki of -27C. On Sunday afternoon the mercury was at a relatively mild -13C in the city.

Night-time temperatures on the south coast, meanwhile, are expected to plunge as low as -24 degrees Celsius by the middle of this week.

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