Warm and sunny weather forecast for high school graduation parties this weekend
Southern and central districts of Finland could see temperatures close to 30°C
Practically the entire country can look forward to a warm and sunny weekend, just as a new crop of high school graduates receive their white caps after satisfying the matriculation certificate examiners.
According to the forecasters, the best weather will be experienced in southern and central districts, where the conditions will continue at or above the "hot weather" mark of 25°C into Monday.
In some places, Monday promises to be even warmer than Sunday.
Things are not quite so rosy for those in the north, where a northerly wind will cool things down for the first weekday of the school holidays.
That same current of cold air will start to bite further south as the week goes on.
Temperatures are expected to fall by mid-week to around 15-20°C and showers are in the offing.
Whilst late May is often a warm period hereabouts, anyone wanting to ensure good weather for their holidays is still advised to wait until July.
If the 30-year statistics are to be believed, the warmest time of the year in Finland is at the end of July, or in the first week of August.
As meteorologist Jouko Korhonen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute points out, the Finns tend to have a rather stubbornly optimistic view of their summers.
When the summer is "average" or a little less warm than the mean, people grumble that it was "a lousy summer".
When people are smiling that it's a fine decent Finnish summer, then in actual fact we are enjoying warmer than normal conditions.
"The Finnish summer is not as a rule so terribly warm", Korhonen offers as a reminder for those days when people are shivering on the beach.
Finnish Meteorological Institute