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Temperatures hit -42 in Norway cold snap

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Temperatures hit -42 in Norway cold snap
The Eira family, Sami reindeer herders from Karasjok - Photo: Finnmark 2007
12:13 CET+01:00
The people of Karasjok at the northern tip of Norway woke up to temperatures of -42 degrees on Monday morning as the north of the country was hit by this winter's harshest weather yet.
Rune Olsen, who owns the Esso petrol station in the village, told NRK that there was now a 70 degree difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. 
 
"People think it's nice to sit at home around a fire in their wood stoves. They put pictures on facebook of the temperature outside and inside, and it is usually 70 degrees difference," he said.
 
A region of high pressure over northern Norway and Sweden has caused a sudden cold snap with record low temperatures for the time of year recorded in Karesuando, Sweden, 80km drive south from Karasjok across a strip of Finland. 
 
"It is also a seasonal record," Lars Unnerstad, a Swedish government meteorologist, told TT news agency 
 
Rafael Escobar Løvdahl, a government meteorologist based in Tromsø, Norway, said that the cold snap would end by the weekend. 
 
The high pressure will finally disappear on Friday. Then a low pressure and precipitation will come first to Nordland on Saturday and later to Tromsø." 
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