After mild weather, Finland braces for three-week chill

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People enjoy a sunnny spring day in Helsinki in 2017. Temperatures are expected to drop across Finland at the end of the week. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)
A weather outlook from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMRW) says the warmer temperatures Finland has experienced recently are only temporary.

The centre’s forecast published on Tuesday predicts that Finland will have a few more days of milder weather but temperatures are set to drop again towards the end of the week. The ECMRW says that the chill could last as long as three weeks.

The centre predicts that the period from 16 April to 13 May will be colder than usual.

Is there still hope?

However, Yle meteorologist Anne Borgström said that there are always uncertain factors in long-term weather outlooks, saying the dismal prognosis may even be inaccurate.

But the veteran weather forecaster admitted the outlook doesn’t look good. Despite the relatively balmy weather over the next couple of days, it will almost certainly get colder at the end of the week, she said.

Borgström said it is the jet stream which will bring in the cold air – the same, but chillier, atmospheric bands of wind which are also delivering Finland’s current milder temperatures.

Spring-like weather for Wednesday and Thursday

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s forecasts temperatures will be somewhat spring-like in Finland through the mid week. On Wednesday daytime high temperatures of around 15 degrees are expected in the south, in the low teens in central areas and around six degrees in the far north of Lapland. Mostly sunny skies, but cloudy – with possible rain – on the coasts.

FMI says to expect very sunny conditions and even warmer temperatures on Thursday.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Loaded with more mercury than previously thought, permafrost thaw could be a ticking time bomb, Radio Canada International

Finland: March temperatures frostiest in five years, YLE News

Greenland: Arctic sea ice – Is the minimum maximum the new normal?, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: How will global warming affect the average Swede?, Radio Sweden

United States: Arctic: Record ice-loss, highest melt rate in 1,500 years, Radio Canada International

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