Finland warms up for the weekend

Warm, sunny weather is expected across Finland this weekend. (Radio-Canada)
Temperatures in southern and central Finland were expected to breach 20 degrees Celsius on Friday, and the weekend will be even warmer, according to Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela.

“The air across Finland will gradually warm up and temperatures will rise across much of the country throughout the weekend. Each day will be warmer than the previous day. On Sunday temperatures in south-western areas could reach 25 degrees,” Koskela said.

The meteorologist explained that a high pressure system had been building up in western Finland and was set to spread across the country towards the south-east on Friday. Meanwhile temperatures would rise and it would be mostly sunny, bringing up temperatures even further.

Temperatures in northern Finland could reach 19 degrees on Saturday, when it will also likely be around 9 degrees in northern Finnish Lapland.

Winds subside, beware of UV rays

“There will be very light winds across the majority of the country, but moderate wind is possible as well,” Koskela explained, noting that the coast could be cooler than inland areas due to sea breezes.

Koskela said to expect moderate UV radiation levels from the sun in southern Finland.

“Remember to protect your skin [with sunblock or clothing] over the weekend if you’re out in the sunny weather,” he said.

But Koskela also said that the sunny, summer-like weather could get wetter after the weekend, saying that a low pressure system over western Europe could bring rain over southern and central areas of Finland at the beginning of next week.

Koskela said he doesn’t think any heat records will be broken this weekend.

“The beginning of May has been very chilly and it’s rained a lot in many areas. Forecasts also point to more rain [next week],” Koskela said.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada’s Northwest Territories prepare for busy fire season, CBC News

Norway: Arctic Norway: temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Small fires break out due to dry conditions, Radio Sweden

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