Winter was mild despite a cold February
Feb lowest temperature minus 37.1°C recorded in Utsjoki
10 Mar 2018, 00:26 ( 10 Mar, 2018) | updated: 10 Mar 2018, 10:20 ( 10 Mar, 2018)
January was 1–4 degrees colder than usual in most parts of the country, according to statistics from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
A warmer autumn was previously recorded in 2011 or 2012, depending on location. In relation to average temperatures, it was coldest in the north-west arm of Finnish Lapland, while Eastern Lapland was closer to average. Especially the last part of the month was remarkably cold for the season.
The lowest temperature was -37,1°C, recorded in Kevojärvi, Utsjoki, on February 4 while the highest temperature was 3.8°C, recorded in Utö on February 14.
Snow covered the whole country by the end of the month, ranging from 10 cm in the southwestern coast to 90 cm in Kittilä.
Meanwhile, winter (December-February) was 1–3 degrees milder than usual in most parts of the country. Only Northern Lapland was approximately one degree colder than usual. Winter 2018 was the fifth winter in a row during which it was milder than usual in most parts of the country.
In the area reaching from Uusimaa to Kainuu as well as in the Kittilä region, the winter months were rainier than usual, but elsewhere precipitation levels were close to average or even slightly below.
The southern coast had the most rainfall, approximately 200 mm. It rained the least in Northern Lapland, approximately 50–100 mm.