Records were broken on Sunday in Sodankylä in Finnish Lapland. The temperature recorded was +28.7 °C, which was higher than ever experienced in the region in August.
The previous August record dates from as far back as 1934. Then the reading remained one-tenth of one degree Celsius lower than on Sunday.
Sunday’s reading in Sodankylä was also the highest anywhere in Finland. Some other locations in Lapland also recorded high temperatures: Pello 28.2°C and Ylitornio 27.8°C.
Today’s temperatures in the entire country are slightly cooler, with maximum readings of up to +23°C in the southern and western parts of Finland and the lowest temperatures of +14°C in the northeastern part of Lapland.
In North Ostrobothnia, Kainuu and in Southern Lapland today severe thunderstorms can produce strong wind gusts.
According to the forecast by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the temperatures are expected to turn cooler in the entire country later in the week.
Towards the end of the week, some precipitation is forecast for most parts of the country, while strong winds are predicted for the Sea of Åland and the Gulf of Bothnia. The good news is that the long-range forecast indicates warmer temperatures for the weekend.