Finland's changing climate
Finland's climate is characterised by major variation from year to year. Extensive water bodies and topographic features are among the factors influencing the climate in different regions. Finland's annual mean temperature has risen over 2 °C since the middle of the 19th century. On the basis of climate models, the mean temperature is estimated to continue rising and precipitation will increase particularly in winter, torrential rain will become more intense and the snow cover in southern Finland more capricious.