Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jan 06, 2011
The first decade of the 2000s, or the years 2001-2010, was warmer than the preceding decades in the whole of Finland, even though 2010 was colder than the long-time average.
According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute's statistics, the first decade of the 2000s (2001-2010) was the warmest decade in the history of Finland's temperature measurements, which began in the 1840s. The mean temperature for the past ten years in Finland was about 0.3 degrees C higher than that for the 1930s, the next warmest decade.
The difference between the mean temperature for the past decade and the mean temperature for the reference period 1971-2000 is greater in Northern Finland than in Southern Finland. Generally, the mean temperature is 0.5-1 degrees C higher than during the reference period.
However, in many places in Lapland, the mean temperature is 1-1.5 degrees C higher than during the reference period.
Winters have warmed up the most
When the decade is compared against the climate prevailing in 1971-2000, the greatest difference is seen in the mean temperatures of winters, i.e. the periods from December to February. In Lapland, the mean temperature of the winters in 2001-2010 was over 1.5 degrees higher than normally.
Elsewhere in the country as well, the difference was 0.5-1.5 degrees. The winters were unusually mild especially in 2006-2009, and the winter of 2007-2008 was the mildest during Finland's entire measurement history. During the past decade, only the winters of 2002-2003 and 2009-2010 were colder than average. Both were unusually cold when compared against the period 1971-2000.
The mean temperatures of other seasons have also risen when compared against the average for 1971-2000, but not as much as winter temperatures. For instance, the mean temperature of summers in 2001-2010 was 0.5-1 degrees C higher than the average for 1971-2000 in virtually all of Finland.
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