Temperatures across some parts of Finland reached their highest of the year and skies were virtually cloudless and sunny on Tuesday afternoon.
Finland’s highest temperature was measured at around 2pm in Ylivieska, Northern Ostrobothnia (central Finland), but Yle meteorologist Toni Hellinen said higher temperatures may still be in store before the end of the day.
It was warmer in some parts of Finland than it was in Spain on Tuesday.
The temperature in downtown Helsinki measured 16.9 degrees Celsius, while it was an even milder 18.5 degrees in Tampere at 4:30pm on Tuesday. On the west coast city of Vaasa, the thermometer showed 15.3 degrees while it was a chillier 10.2 degrees in the eastern city of Joensuu.
Up north in Finnish Lapland, the temperature in Rovaniemi measured 15.8 degrees at 4:30pm, while in south-western Finland’s Turku it was 18.1 degrees.
Forecasters said Wednesday’s weather will be quite similar to Tuesday’s. But according to the Finnish Metrological Institute Wednesday will likely be a bit cloudier.
However, the unusually mild and dry spring weather may not last for long. Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela said there is chance of rain showers over the weekend, saying it will likely get cloudier on Thursday, as well.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Goodbye snow? High pressure front to bring warm spring weather in Finland, Yle News
Norway: Arctic Norway: temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Tourists back from North Pole delayed by Russian naval exercise near Murmansk, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Groundwater levels unusually low in Sweden despite melting snow, Radio Sweden
United States: 2018 was the 4th-warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA reveal, CBC News