Swedish temperature dips to -39.5C; coldest night in UK

January 31, 2019
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A horse stands in the morning sun as a frost covers the ground of Basingstoke Common in south England, Thursday Jan. 31, 2019, as the cold snap in Britain continues to cause icy conditions across the country. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish weather service says temperatures of minus 39.5 degrees Celsius (minus 39.1 degrees Fahrenheit) have been recorded in northern Sweden, the coldest recorded this month.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute says it was measured Thursday in the Swedish town of Nikkaluokta in Lapland, which covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The service added, however, that on average January has been “warmer than normal.”

Sweden’s news agency TT reported that the coldest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was minus 52.6 Celsius in 1966 in Lapland.

In Britain, officials recorded the coldest night this winter so far, with temperatures dipping to minus 11 C in Scotland.

The cold snap prompted some trains to be cancelled, and Manchester and Liverpool airports were brought to a standstill on Wednesday.

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