Finnish researchers say that if warming continues Finland's climate will be more like Hungary's is now by the end of the century. Edward Baran reports.
New research suggests average temperatures here in Finland are rising fast. If the current pace continues, experts say the country's climate will be six degrees warmer by the end of the century That's closer to Hungary's current temperatures The Finnish Meteorological Institute says last year the country's mean temperature was 1.8 celsius warmer than average. Researchers say winter will see the most marked warming, as the season becomes increasingly snow free. SOUNDBITE (English) HEAD OF THE CLIMATE SERVICE CENTRE UNIT, FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE, HILPPA GREGOW, SAYING: "The lake areas are unlikely to have the sea ice cover which is very important for us during winter and for instance the precipitation conditions will change. We will see much more abundant rainfall and flash floods also and also because during winter, if we do not have any more the Baltic sea ice cover, all the storm winds and all the storms are more effecting our coastal line - there will be coastal erosion." Arctic temperatures are rising faster than the world average amid a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Some scientists suggest climate change is causing more frequent and severe flooding as sea levels rise and sea ice melts. While a warmer climate may favour agriculture in Finland, experts suggest winter tourism could suffer