This week, temperatures could drop to their lowest levels yet this winter in various parts of Finland, views Markus Mäntykannas, a meteorologist at Foreca. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

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PEOPLE in Finland should brace for very low temperatures over the next couple of weeks, says Markus Mäntykannas, a meteorologist at Foreca.

Mäntykannas on Sunday wrote in a blog for the private weather forecasting company that the mercury may plummet as low as -25ºC in southern and -35ºC in northern parts of the country as soon as this week.

“The air mass will be relatively cold next week and the winds will decrease gradually, meaning that wherever the sky is clear the temperatures will drop rapidly to new record lows for this winter,” he said.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ (ECMWF) latest month-long forecast suggests temperatures will remain low across the country between mid-January and early February, according to Mäntykannas.

“The latest month-long forecast shows we are about to experience the coldest possible winter weather scenario at the turn of January and February,” he said.

“Higher-than-usual air pressures around Iceland and the Arctic Sea indicate that the likelihood of easterlies has increased and low-pressure activity has abated. During the coldest period of the winter, this may lead to several weeks of extreme cold – especially if a high-pressure front develops over Russia or the Arctic Sea,” explained Mäntykannas.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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