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Press release archive: 2013

February was mild throughout the country

5.3.2013 12:44

February temperatures were above average. The amount of winter sunshine hours was in some locations the lowest in the last 50 years.

Photo: Antonin Halas

Photo: Antonin Halas

The monthly mean temperature varied between -2°C in western coast and -10°C in northern Lapland. Compared to the long term statistics, the temperatures were milder than average throughout the country.

The lowest temperature of -34.0 °C was recorded at Utsjoki on the 7th of February. The highest temperature of 8.0 °C was recorded at Jomalaby on the 27th of February.

The monthly precipitation was highest in Uusimaa and parts of eastern Finland and northwestern Lapland, where 30-40 mm of precipitation was recorded. This is close to the long term average values. Northern Lapland received the lowest amount of precipitation, only around 10 mm, which was below the average precipitation.

In some parts of the country, the winter months (December, January and February) were the cloudiest in the last 50 years. The winter mean temperature was slightly below the long term average in parts of southern and western Finland, whereas in eastern and northern parts of Finland it was above the long term average. This winter was the first winter since the winter 2007-2008, when the temperature didn't fall below -40°C.

Snow statistics: http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/snow-statistics