Climate in Lapland

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from nine measuring weather stations in Lapland.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Lapland is the coldest region in Finland, with an average daily maximum temperature of only 5 degrees. The climate is predominantly frosty cold and in the winter months the mercury does not even reach the positive range. In the cold season, the maximum temperatures are well below zero. Due to the warmer temperatures, the best time for traveling is from May to September. Less attractive are the cold months from October to April.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 8 hours per day, June is the sunniest month in the greater region of Lapland. In December, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 11 rain days, December offers the most rain days, while April has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 0.8 mm, the least amount of rain falls in March. July, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With only 68% humidity on average, it is quite dry in June. The highest value of 90% is experienced here in November.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy.
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Map of Lapland

Most important cities in the greater region »Lapland«

Only very small villages are located here. The two biggest are Rovaniemi and Kemi. The greater region has a west-east extension of about 210 km and over 470 km from north to south.

CityPopulationGeo position
Rovaniemi34,78166° 30' 0"N25° 43' 0"E
Kemi22,64165° 44' 11"N24° 33' 49"E
Tornio21,23665° 50' 53"N24° 8' 48"E
Keminmaa8,98065° 48' 6"N24° 32' 41"E
Sodankylä8,94267° 25' 0"N26° 36' 0"E
Kemijärvi8,88366° 40' 0"N27° 25' 0"E
Inari7,04968° 54' 21"N27° 1' 44"E
Pyhäjärvi6,09467° 4' 12"N27° 13' 3"E
Kittilä5,71367° 40' 0"N24° 53' 60"E
Ylitornio5,10466° 18' 32"N23° 40' 38"E
Ranua4,83365° 55' 0"N26° 31' 60"E
Pello4,54266° 46' 25"N23° 57' 45"E
Salla4,40166° 49' 60"N28° 40' 0"E
Posio4,25266° 6' 31"N28° 10' 19"E
Ivalo3,99868° 39' 35"N27° 32' 20"E
Kolari3,90867° 19' 50"N23° 46' 40"E
Simo3,58265° 40' 0"N25° 3' 0"E
Tervola3,53866° 4' 60"N24° 48' 0"E
Muonio2,41267° 57' 0"N23° 41' 60"E
Enontekiö2,14568° 23' 9"N23° 37' 56"E
Utsjoki1,40169° 54' 31"N27° 1' 42"E
Savukoski1,35767° 17' 33"N28° 9' 29"E
Pelkosenniemi1,22167° 6' 39"N27° 30' 38"E

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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