Morning headlines: Tuesday 25th December 2018

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Police investigate overnight death 

Police in Helsinki have been investigating a death in the city’s Arabianranta neighbourhood. They were called to a private residence in the early hours of the morning and discovered one person dead at the scene. Four police cars and an ambulance arrived at the home, this morning police are looking into the circumstances around the death and say they’ll have more information later in the day, although some media outlets are reporting that one person has been taken into custody already in connection with the death.

First icebreaker of the winter season sets sail 

The first assignment for one of Finland’s icebreak fleet starts today when Icebreaker Otso sets sail from Helsinki. The ship will likely plough the waterways in the Gulf of Bothnia around Oulu, Kemi and Tornio to keep it free from ice. The autumn was mild, but the predictions for winter sea ice say it will be no different to usual, and the country’s icebreaker fleet – at sea, and in Saimaa – are expected to be busing over the coming months.

Dangerous driving conditions warning

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued a warning for some dangerous driving conditions across the whole country as temperatures warm up and rain moves in. Although there’s snow forecast for many parts of Finland today, rain is coming from the west later and moving east, combined with freezing temperatures can form black ice on roads. There is a warning for “potentially dangerous” conditions in place across the whole country today.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has a ‘potentially dangerous’ driving conditions warning in place for the whole country on Christmas Day / Credit: FMI

Tuesday morning weather

Temperatures for Christmas Day are noticeable more mild than they were on Christmas Eve, and even creeping above freezing in parts of the south and west coast. There’s a kit of snow forecast across the north and west of Lapland, and down into Jyväskylä and central Finland; Joensuu and the eastern border region; Tampere and Pirkanmaa; and Helsinki and the capital city region too. The west of the country is unlikely to see fresh snow at least this morning. Temperatures range from -12°C in north west Lapland to +2°C in Hanko in the far south of Finland. Merry Christmas!

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 25th December 2018 / Credit: FMI