Finland and Sweden recorded their coldest winter temperatures so far, with thermometers dipping to minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), or even lower, as the two countries remained in the grip of a northern cold snap.
The temperature dropped to -41.6 degrees Celsius (minus 42.8 Fahrenheit) in Nikalukta, a small village in the north of the country. SwedenSwedish broadcaster SVT said on Tuesday.
Several other areas in the same region saw temperatures below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
“It is the coldest temperature we have seen so far this winter, and it will still be very cold in the north,” SVT meteorologist Niels Holmqvist said.
Swedish railway operators said the freezing conditions were causing major problems for train travel in the north, among other problems.
And it may be about to get worse, as the institute issued its second-highest warning for snow and wind from midnight Wednesday through Wednesday.
In the neighbourhood FinlandThe coldest reading of the winter so far was recorded in the northwestern town of Jelivska where the temperature dropped to minus 37.8 degrees Celsius (minus 36 degrees Fahrenheit) early Tuesday. It fell below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the Arctic Lapland region.
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Helsinki won't be spared either, with temperatures expected to range between -15 C (5 F) and minus 20 C (minus 4 F) in the Finnish capital throughout this week.
But the Finnish Meteorological Institute has warned that the weather could be colder in parts of the country, with temperatures falling below minus 40 degrees Celsius.
in the south NorwayIn X., a section of the E18 highway was closed due to a weather-related condition, police said.
in DenmarkThe Danish Roads Directorate said it closed a major bridge to vehicles with light trailers due to strong winds that could affect driving.
Heavy snow is expected to fall in the northern part of the country, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute.