Hot spells today most likely in western parts of Finland
The weather in Finland continues to be warm and summery, but some showers of rain and spells of thunder are expected to occur in the afternoon.
According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, hot spells, in which the mercury goes over 25°C are most likely to occur in Central and Northern Ostrobothnia.
In Southern and Central Finland, showers of rain are predicted to hold back the hottest weather, in some places bringing along even thundery spells.
The summery warm conditions are nevertheless forecast to continue until the end of the current week. Temperatures of more than 20°C will be possible across the country even on Friday, with the exception of the northernmost parts of Lapland.
As things stand, readings of close to 30°C, such as were recorded in places over the weekend, will no longer be on the cards during this week.
According to the duty meteorologist, the warm masses of air will move away from Finland towards south at the end of the week. By the weekend, the temperatures will drop by several degrees, the forecast says.
As predicted last week, the promised warmth arrived in Finland at the weekend.
In most locations in Finland, the temperatures climbed well above 20° Celsius, while moderate easterly winds were also recorded.
In the northern parts of the country, the weather was also sunny in many places. The coldest spot in Lapland on the night between Saturday and Sunday was Kilpisjärvi with a temperature of 2.3°C.
The warmest location at 3:00 pm yesterday was Ylivieska in Northern Ostrobothnia, which enjoyede a balmy 28.7°C.
In comparison, the warmest place in Finland a year ago was Sodankylä in Lapland, with a temperature of 19.3°C.
When it comes to rain, the rainiest place in Finland on Saturday was Vieremä in the province of Eastern Finland, receiving approximately 4.0 mm.
The ground needs some wetting: a grass fire warning has been issued for the Kainuu region.
Previously in HS International Edition:
First spell of summery weather to arrive in Finland this weekend (12.5.2010)
Summer season opens at Helsinki Swimming Stadium (11.5.2010)
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Weather Forecast (in Finnish)