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Lapland Records Hottest Day In More Than 100 Years

Dominic Smithers

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Lapland Records Hottest Day In More Than 100 Years

Lapland has recorded its hottest day in more than 100 years.

Kevo, a city close to Finland's border with Norway, experienced temperatures of 33.6C on Sunday (4 July).

This was the hottest the country had seen since 1914 when its meteorological institute recorded a staggering 34.7C, which itself was the highest recorded in Finland since records began way back in 1844.

But residents in Kevo weren't the only ones who've witnessed scorching temperatures over the past few days.

On Monday (5 July), the village of Utsjoki, which is also in the Lapland region, recorded 33.5C.

Lapland recorded the hottest day in over 100 years. Credit: PA
Lapland recorded the hottest day in over 100 years. Credit: PA

And these unusually high temperatures are being registered right the way across Scandinavia.

For example, Norway's meteorological institute recorded 34C in Saltdal, which was just 1.6C shy of Norway's all-time record

And Sweden has registered its third hottest June ever.

North America has also been going through its own lengthy heatwave over the past couple of weeks, with record temperatures in Canada being broken on numerous days.

The entire population of Lytton, British Columbia, even had to be evacuated due to wildfires at the end of last month.

Countries across Scandinavia are going through a heatwave. Credit: PA
Countries across Scandinavia are going through a heatwave. Credit: PA

The small village hit the headlines in June when temperatures reached a record-breaking 46.6C, which was subsequently broken twice over the next two days when it rose to an incredible 47.9C and then 49.5C.

And just a day later, on 30 June, Lytton's 250 residents were told to evacuate after authorities raised the alarm for a rapidly escalating wildfire.

The order read: "A fire event within the village of Lytton is threatening structures and the safety of residents.

"All residents are advised to leave the community and go to a safe location."

A fire rages in Lytton, Canada. Credit: PA
A fire rages in Lytton, Canada. Credit: PA

Speaking to CBC News at the time, Mayor Jan Polderman said the situation was extremely serious.

He said: "It's dire. The whole town is on fire.

"It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere."

According to reports, around 90 percent of the village has been burnt, with two people sadly dying.

It's thought the cause was man-made but investigations are still ongoing.

Police in neighbouring towns and cities received dozens of 'sudden death' calls as temperatures soared, with police in Surrey, BC, responding to 22 such reports on one day alone.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Police, Weather, US News, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Health, temperature

Dominic Smithers
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