The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI said that temperatures in Lapland (north) have never before exceeded 25 degrees Celsius after 27 August.
However on Wednesday afternoon the mercury inched past the 25-degree-mark – known as the “heat threshold” in usually cool Finland – to reach 25.3 degrees in Kittilä and Muonio.
The FMI posted a tweet showing daytime highs recorded in different parts of Lapland on Wednesday, simply hashtagging the post “helle” or “heat” in English.
— Ilmatieteen laitos (@meteorologit) August 28, 2019
Yle meteorologist Kerttu Ketakorpi said that warm air currents were expected to continue to waft over Lapland on Thursday. However she noted that it was not possible to say if the 25-degree weather will persist.
Meanwhile the FMI predicted continuing sunshine and warm conditions for Thursday. However a system of scattered showers with occasional thunder is expected to move in from the west on Friday.
Skies are forecasted to clear heading into the weekend, according to FMI.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Good grain harvest expected across Finland, Yle News
Greenland: Greenlanders stay chill as the world reacts to its heatwave, CBC News
Russia: No ice left on Russia’s Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Swedish farmers cautiously optimistic about harvest after last year’s drought, Radio Sweden
United States: Extreme weather fuelling wildfires in southcentral Alaska, Alaska Public Media