Heavy rainfall hits Eastern Finland – more in one day than the average monthly total

A rainy day in Finland in 2012. (iStock)
A rainy day in Finland in 2012. (iStock)
And the rain came pouring down on Tuesday in Eastern Finland – in some places more than the total monthly average for May.

Information from the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s observations stations says the cities of Mikkeli, Varkaus, Kuopio and Ilomantsi were hardest hit by the deluge, says Yle meteorologist Toni Hellinen.

In some areas of Eastern Finland, it rained more in 24 hours than the average monthly total for May. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Varkaus had the most rain, with a measurement of 62.5 mm by eight am Wednesday.

The downfall affected Mikkeli, Kuopio and Ilomantsi in addition to Varkaus, but surprisingly, there is no danger of flooding in these areas.

“There may be some drainage water flooding in urban areas, but the Finnish Environment Institute announced earlier that lake levels are quite low, so there is room for water in the lakes,” says Hellinen.

The weather cleared up in the East by Wednesday afternoon, with the last rains falling in North Karelia in the evening.

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