New cold record in Estonia

The weather station of Jõgeva in eastern Estonia measured the country’s new cold record for this winter at minus 31.5 degrees Celsius in the early hours of Saturday. The record was measured between 5 and 6 a.m., said Miina Krabbi, departmental head at the Estonian Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology.
The previous record for this winter was measured on 2 January also in Jõgeva, when the thermometer reading was 29.5 degrees below zero.
Temperatures colder than that have been recorded in recent years at Tiirikoja on 20 January 2006 – 32 degrees, and in Jõgeva on 11 January 2003 – 36.7 degrees. Jõgeva also boasts Estonia’s absolute cold record – minus 43.5 degrees – measured on 17 January 1940.
Estonia on Friday saw the highest electricity consumption of so far this winter as its average consumption hit 1 511.3 megawatts at the peak consumption hour between 5 and 6 p.m., the transmission grid company Elering said.
Air temperatures at the time were close to minus 20 degrees in most of mainland Estonia and even lower in some places.

Source: Estonian Review

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