Little hope for white Christmas again in Southern Finland
At present it looks likely that just Lapland and the northern parts of Eastern Finland will enjoy a white Christmas.
This is the second successive "black" Christmas in most parts of the country.
In Rovaniemi, the centre of winter tourism, the snow situation looks more promising than it did around last Christmas. Yesterday there was snow cover of 18 centimetres in the official location of Father Christmas, while last year it was only five centimetres, which is the smallest amount of snow up there for more than 40 years.
Normally at this time of the year, the snow cover is already more than 25 centimetres in Lapland and in the northern parts of Eastern Finland, while the deepest drifts can usually be found in Northern Lapland, reports meteorologist Hanna Tietäväinen from the Finnish Meteorological Instiute.
In fact, the entire country should already have frosty conditions. With the exception of the southern coast and the southwestern part of the country, the winter began around mid-November, when the average daily temperatures dropped below zero.
Even on the southern coast, frosty conditions are typical at the turn of November and December. This year the winter is late, as it was last year as well.
So far, the weather in the most southern part of Finland has been mild, with the average daily temperatures remaining more or less above zero. Actually, December has been warmer than average actoss the entire country.
"This is how the future Christmas weather in Finland is predicted to look - thanks to climate change”, Tietäväinen confirms.
"The early months of the winter become warmer and precipitation is expected to fall in the form of rain more and more frequently, while the beginning of the winter as well as the formation of a snow cover are both late", Tietäväinen concludes.
Finnish Meteorological Institute