Morning headlines: Tuesday 5th November 2019

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Minister ‘deeply regrets’ US climate change treaty withdrawal 

Finland’s Environment Minister Krista Mikkonen (Centre) says the EU “deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to withdraw” from the Paris Agreement. The American Government announced on Monday it would officially withdraw from the climate change treaty, something President Donald Trump had previously promised to do. Mikkonen says that Europe will “lead through ambitious climate policies and by providing continued support to the poor and vulnerable.” The goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global rise in temperatures to below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, and to try to limit warming to 1.5°C.

New Kela boss to be selected today 

The name of the new Kela CEO will be announced today, with two candidates in the final running for the role. The Kela Board of Trustees, which comprises of 12 Members of Parliament, will meet to decided between Professor Lasse Lehtonen or Hanna Tainio the Executive Vice President of the Association of Local Authorities. The final two were whittled down from an initial short-list of six people who were interviewed for the role.

Police continue search for missing woman

Police in Jyväskylä are searcing for a 20-year old woman who has been missing since Monday. Johanna Laakkonen is 170cm tall and has long light-coloured hair. Police say she maybe wearing a dark blue Haglöfs-brand coat and are asking members of the public who know anything about her disappearance or whereabouts to contact 112.

Autumn cold temp record broken again

The record for the coldest autumn temperature has been smashed, for the second day in a row. The temperature in Enontekiö on Tuesday morning was recorded at -28.2°C. Temperatures below -27°C were also recorded in Sodankylä, Luosto, and Kittilä this morning. All of those low temperatures beat the previous coldest autumn temp which was recorded just a day before on Monday morning in Muonio at -26.4°C. The previous recorded autumn low prior to that was in Enontekio at -26.3°C. The cold weather is forecast to continue for the coming days, and a chilling wind coming in from the north east will make the outside air temperatures feel colder still.

Lithuanian President arrives for working visit 

The new President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda is paying a working visit to Finland on Tuesday, hosted by President Sauli Niinistö. The pair will hold official discussions on bilateral relations, regional cooperation, European security and other international issues, followed by a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. During the visit President Nausėda will also meet Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP), Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Centre), and lay a wreath at Hietaniemi cemetery. This will be the first meeting between Niinistö and Nausėda.

Tuesday morning weather

Another very cold start to the morning in southern Lapland and down the eastern border with temperatures ranging from -20°C to -14°C. The best of the sunshines is in the south from Tampere through Turku and the south west; in the capital city region and along the south coast to Lappeenranta in the south east where temperatures start the day a few degrees below freezing in the sunshine.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 5th November 2019 / Credit: FMI