Press release 9.12.2014

Just a few glimpses of the sun in November

The most significant feature of the weather in November was the low levels of sunshine in most of the country.
Photo: Antonin Halas

There was very little sunshine in November. "In the central and southern parts of the country, the number of hours of sunshine was unusually low in many places, but in Lapland there was slightly more sunshine than normal," summarised Asko Hutila, a meteorologist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. According to the long term weather statistics, the number of hours of sun in November and January in southern Finland is the same, a little less than 40 hours, but one third less in December.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute's statistics, the average temperature in November, excluding central and northern Lapland, was higher than usual. The largest deviations were seen in the southern and central parts of the country, where it was a good two degrees milder than normal in many places. However this is not at all rare, as a year ago November was clearly milder than November this year. There were large fluctuations in temperature from one day to the next at the start of the month, but in the second half of the month the variations in temperature were more moderate.

Little rain in Lapland and the south

A belt running from the provinces of Ostrobothnia to Kainuu saw the most rain during the month, and the amount of rain was exceptionally high in some places. On the other hand the south and Lapland saw very little rain.

Autumn also warmer than usual

The average temperature during the autumn months i.e. September to November, was a little higher than usual in most of the country and in parts of the south-west it was exceptionally high. As far as rain was concerned, the southern part of the country and most of Lapland was exceptionally dry, but the area between them, stretching from Ostrobothnia to Kainuu and the district of Koillismaa, was exceptionally rainy.

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