Svanhovd in Pasvik, Finnmark. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Finnmark heat record, 33,3 °C

Red-hot Barents Region: Record-breaking heat at several locations in northernmost Norway, Finland and Russia Wednesday evening.
July 18, 2018


Svanhovd environmental center in the Pasvik valley, just on Norway’s border to Russia, measured 33,3 °C at 5 pm. That peaks the old record of 33°C measured at Banak airport in Lakselv on July 22nd, 1988.

Finnmark is Norway’s northermost county.

Also Kevo, in Finland’s northeastern corner set all-time high for Lapland with 33 °C. Inari had 31 °C, while Rovaniemi measured 32 °C.

A number of observatories in Northern Norway peaked over 30 on Wednesday, the weather service reports on twitter. Alta reported 33°C, Mo i Rana had 32,4 °C, Tysfjord in Nordland county had 33,7 °C and even Båtsfjord, on the normally cold-windy Finnmark’s Barents Sea coast measured 30 °C.

On Russia’s Kola Peninsula, weather stations recorded 31,7 °C in Murmansk at 3 pm. That is slightly less than the previous record of 32,9 °C measured on July 9th, 1972, regional news online B-Port informs.

Teriberka, the small famous fishing village north of Murmansk, measured 26 °C. That’s the same as in Alicante, Spain on Wednesday afternoon.

Murmansk, world’s largest city above the Arctic Circle. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Entire inner parts of northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula have experienced an exceptionally heat over the last 2-3 weeks, and now, also Nordland and Troms on coast to the Norwegian Sea can feel the heat. Bodø, a town just north of the Arctic Circle, could for the first time since measurements started in 1953 see temperature over 30 °C.


Norwegians name nights when the temperature doesn’t drop below 20 °C between Midnight and 8 am as a “tropical night”. @Meteorologene could Thursday morning inform about seven locations in Troms and Finnmark qualifying for “tropical night”. Makkaur fyr far north on the Varanger Peninsula had a minimum temperature of 25,2 °C. The others over 20 °C were Båtsfjord, Alta, Øksfjord, Lyngen and Kirkenes.

The heat wave will continue for some more days, tells.

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