Meteorologists have been saying that the month of May, which will comes to a close at the end of this week, will likely be the warmest Finland has ever experienced, since the country began officially recording the weather.
Sunday’s temperatures in the far south of the country reached a high of 21 degrees Celsius, with highs of 13-16 degrees in central areas. In the far north on Sunday, the mercury reached nine degrees.
Summer temperatures return
However, warm air arriving from the south brought temperatures to at least 19 degrees across the entire country. Warmest temperatures were expected in southern Finland, with highs of 23-25 degrees on Monday.
It was also very sunny in about half the country, cloudier in areas north of central Finland – as well as some eastern sections – but nearly as warm as the south, according to the Finnish Metrological Institute (FMI).
Finland’s relatively hot weather will continue on Tuesday in much of the country, but showers are expected in parts of Lapland (North). Temperatures, however, will be similar to Monday’s, according to FMI.
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