Five degrees Celsius ahead for Arctic Finland

A passenger enjoys a sun bath onboard a ferry bound for Finland. Warm weather is expected across Finland this weekend. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
Finland is set for warmer weather over the weekend, with Saturday to herald in the warmest weather of the week.

Yle meteorologist Marjo Hoikkanen says the temperature could hit 15 degrees Celsius in the south, perhaps even higher on the coast. In the Oulu region temperatures are forecast to reach 10 degrees, while in Lapland the mercury will remain at around five.

“Friday and Saturday will be quite clear and sunny,” said Hoikkanen.

On Sunday a band of rain is forecast to arrive, bringing the risk of showers in the south and west. Hoikkanen says the rain will have its uses.

Dryness, stillness bring poor air quality

“The still, dry weather has worsened air quality,” said Hoikkanen. “Rain helps ease the street dust situation.”

In recent days air quality has been poor at many measuring stations, with none recording good air quality. In Espoo and Kokkola the air quality was recorded as especially poor.

There’s more weather information in English at the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

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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