Year 2022 was warmer than usual
According to the figures of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, last year was warmer than usual. The average temperature for the whole country was ca. 3.8 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees over the long-term average for 1991‒2020. The last time a warmer year was experienced was in 2020 and 2015.
Most of the months were warmer than usual. Temperatures were below the long-term averages in most parts of the country only in April, September, and December. August was record warm in some parts of the country.
The highest temperature of the year was 32.9 degrees, which was recorded at Pori Airport on 28 June. The lowest temperature of the year, -35.7 degrees, was recorded at Enontekiö Airport on 8 January 2022.
Annual precipitation was close to normal
In most parts of the country, annual precipitation was close to normal or slightly below. According to preliminary data, the location with the greatest amount of precipitation last year was Mujejärvi in Nurmes, which got 834.3 millimetres. Total precipitation was lowest in Kevo, Utsjoki, which got 400.6 millimetres. The greatest amount of precipitation recorded in a single day was 90.9 millimetres in Pelmaa, Seinäjoki on 5 August.
The deepest recorded snow, 132 centimetres, was recorded in Kenttärova in Kittilä on 11 April.
In February, there was record-breaking precipitation in some places in southern and central regions of Finland. A new record for the highest precipitation level in February, 142.7 millimetres, was measured at the Sjundby observation station in Siuntio. The previous record was 131.6 millimetres in 2016, measured at the Anjala observation station in Kouvola.
December was slightly colder than usually in many areas
Average temperatures in December varied between near zero in the south-west archipelago to about -13 degrees in Utsjoki. The average temperature of the month was mainly 1‒2 degrees colder than usual in the western part of the country and Lapland, while in the area extending from North Karelia to Koillismaa, the average temperature was ca. one degree below the long-term average.
The lowest temperature of the month, -34.2 degrees, was recorded in Kevojärvi in Utsjoki on 13 December. The highest temperature of the month, +7.0 degrees, was recorded in the village of Kumlinge on the last day of the year, 31 December.
December was snowy in the whole country
December precipitation was mostly close to the long-term average. Measured precipitation was slightly higher than the long-term average in many parts of the southern part of the country and Lapland, whereas the precipitation on the western coast and in the central parts of the country remained slightly below the average.
The greatest amount of precipitation for the month, 103.4 millimetres, was recorded in Sjundby, Siuntio. Nellim in Inari had the lowest amount of precipitation, 22.0 millimetres. The greatest amount of precipitation in a single day was 25.9 millimetres, which was measured in Porla, Lohja, on 10 December.
In most of the country there was snow on the ground all month. There were at times no snow on the ground at the beginning of the month on the western coast and toward the end of the month on the south-western coast and archipelago. At the end of the month, the snow depth on the south-western coast was between 0 and 10 centimetres. Elsewhere in the south and west the snow depth was mainly between 15 and 30 centimetres, and in the east and north between 25 and 50 centimetres. At the end of the month, the deepest snow, 51 centimetres, was recorded in Pokka, Kittilä, and Pesiö, Suomussalmi.
Weather statistics at the climate service tel. 0600 1 0601 (EUR 4,01/min + local network charge)