Average Weather in Kittilä Finland
In Kittilä, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, frigid, snowy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -2°F to 65°F and is rarely below -26°F or above 76°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kittilä for warm-weather activities is from early July to early August.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 2 to September 1, with an average daily high temperature above 55°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 65°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 14 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 26°F. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of -2°F and high of 16°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Kittilä, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Kittilä begins around April 20 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around September 11. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 11 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around April 20. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Kittilä varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from May 12 to November 5, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on July 14.
The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from November 5 to May 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on March 11.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Kittilä changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.7 months, from April 11 to October 31. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on July 14.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.3 months, from October 31 to April 11. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 18% on January 12.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kittilä experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 12 to November 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 26, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 10 to April 12. The least rain falls around February 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kittilä experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 27 to May 17, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.8 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 17 to September 27. The least snow falls around July 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
Due to its extreme latitude, Kittilä experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during the summer and polar night during the winter. These are periods of time in which the sun is continuously above or below the horizon for more than one day. The precise start and end dates of polar day and night vary from year to year and depend on the precise location and elevation of the observer, and the local topography.
In the summer in Kittilä during 2018, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 1.6 months, rising at 1:37 AM on May 28, and not setting again until 1:07 AM on July 16.
In the winter in Kittilä during 2018, the Sun is continuously below the horizon for 2.4 weeks, setting at 12:19 PM on December 13, and not rising again until 12:18 PM on December 30.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kittilä during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Kittilä, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Kittilä experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from November 19 to April 24, with average wind speeds of more than 5.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.9 months, from April 24 to November 19. The calmest day of the year is August 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kittilä varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.3 weeks, from May 20 to June 12, with a peak percentage of 30% on June 5. The wind is most often from the south for 11 months, from June 12 to May 20, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kittilä throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kittilä for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kittilä for hot-weather activities is from mid to late July, with a peak score in the third week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in Kittilä typically lasts for 3.0 months (93 days), from around May 28 to around August 29, rarely starting before May 10 or after June 14, and rarely ending before August 10 or after September 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Kittilä should appear around June 12, only rarely appearing before May 29 or after June 28.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from May 13 to August 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 26, with an average of 5.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from September 30 to March 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 0.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kittilä are 67.665 deg latitude, 24.894 deg longitude, and 604 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kittilä contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 200 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 596 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,194 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,306 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kittilä is covered by trees (66%) and herbaceous vegetation (14%), within 10 miles by trees (84%) and herbaceous vegetation (13%), and within 50 miles by trees (80%) and herbaceous vegetation (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kittilä, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Kittilä.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kittilä according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Kittilä is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kittilä and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .