Tuesday was the warmest day of the year in the Greater Helsinki Area as well as in many other locations in Southern Finland. The temperature recorded at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport was slightly over +10°C. Elsewhere in Southern Finland and in Central Finland the temperatures rose to +7° to +10°C.
Following the flowering of alder and hazel in Southern Finland, the University of Turku’s Aerobiology Unit has issued its first pollen report of the spring.
In downtown Helsinki, a stiff westerly and southwesterly breeze cooled down the weather, and in Kaisaniemi, the temperature rose only to eight degrees.
Even though the reading was clearly above the annual average, it was not the record for the year in Helsinki. In January, a bizarre temperature of +8.3°C had been recorded in Kaisaniemi.
The weather is almost 10°C warmer than average, rendering the ice over water bodies brittle and liable to breakage across Southern Finland.
According to the forecast, the warm weather will continue through the end of the week, meaning that the thickness of the ice coverage will weaken still further. People moving on the ice are advised to exercise extreme caution.