Finland enjoyed exceptionally warm temperatures in April
The record-breaking temperature of 22.3°C was measured in Seinäjoki at the end of the month
It seems as if hardly a day goes by without our reporting on some extreme weather phenomenon, be it the abundance of snow, the cold winter, or now the unseasonable warmth of last month.
The mean temperatures in April were exceptionally high almost everywhere in Finland, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).
The mean temperatures rose particularly in the eastern and northern parts of the country.
In Sodankylä in Lapland, the average temperature of the period was +2.6°C, which broke the previous record of 2.2°C measured in April 1921.
In the same year, the temperature measured in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi was 6.8°C, while this year, the average April temperature felt a little short at +5.6°C.
In Helsinki, April was the fifth warmest on record.
Last month, the temperatures measured in various parts of the country represented some hefty extremities.
On April 1st, the temperature recorded in Lapppeenranta in Southeastern Finland was still -22.8°C.
In Seinäjoki in Southern Ostrobothnia, the temperature was some forty-five degrees higher at +22.3°C on April 25th, which broke the record for the month.
”In part, this is normal fluctuation, which happens year after year. However, what was exceptional this time around was that the winter was extremely cold and the spring progressed so fast”, reports meteorologist Asko Hutila from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Warming of climate system most evident in temperature increase for month of April (18.4.2011)
Easter was celebrated in unseasonally warm conditions in Finland; FMI predicts cooler weather for May Day holiday (26.4.2011)
First spell of summery weather to arrive in Finland this weekend (12.5.2010)
Finnish Meteorological Institute
FMI: Seasons in Finland