Press release archive: 2019

A rainy November brought an end to a rainy autumn

11.12.2019 15:51

November, as the autumn in general, was extremely rainy, especially in the central part of the country. Temperatures were close to average, although in Lapland it was colder than usual.

Photo: Reijo Hyvönen

Photo: Reijo Hyvönen

According to the statistics of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, November was extremely rainy especially in the central and western parts of the country. In the area extending from Satakunta to Koillismaa, the precipitation was 1.5 to 2 times more than in an average November. In parts, even location-specific precipitation records for November were measured. The month's highest overall amount of precipitation, 134.4 mm, was measured in Niinisalo, Kankaanpää. At the same time, this was the highest November precipitation in the 80-year history of the observation station.

In contrast, below-average precipitation was measured mainly in Northern Lapland and South Karelia. The month's lowest overall amount of precipitation, 11.1 mm, was measured in Kirakkajärvi, Inari.

In Lapland, November was mainly 1-2 degrees colder than usual, while in the southern part of the country it was approximately one degree milder than usual.

The month's highest temperature, 10.9 °C, was measured in Helsinki and Porvoo on 14 November. The lowest temperature, -30.9 °C, was measured in Enontekiö and Utsjoki on the 11th of the month.

November offered unusually small amounts of sunshine. For the whole month, the total was approximately 20 hours of sunshine in most parts of the country.

At the end of the month, there was snow in nearly the whole country. In Lapland, Koillismaa and Kainuu, there was 30-50 cm of snow, which is about 20 cm more than usual.

An exceptionally rainy autumn in parts of Central Finland

In Lapland, the autumn (September to November) was approximately one degree colder than average. While, in other parts of the country, the mean temperatures were quite close to average. The last time Lapland had this cold an autumn was in 2002. 

The autumn was unusually rainy in most parts of the country. Particularly, in the central part of the country, precipitation levels were about 1.5 times higher than average.

Further information:

Weather statistics from the climate service tel. +358 600 1 0601 (€ 4,01/min + local network charge)
Weather forecasts from the meteorologist on duty 24 h/day tel. +358 600 1 0600 (€ 3,85 /min + local network charge)