Unusually high May temperatures in Finland

The sun shines over the seafront in Helsinki, Finland. (Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP / via Getty Images)

Finland posted unusually warm temperatures in May, despite a colder-than-typical middle of the month. 

“The month was about 1.8 degrees warmer than it would have been without the impact of climate change,” the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) said in a statement.

” The probability of such a warm May in the current climate is ten times higher than without climate change.”

May’s average temperature varied between 5 C in the North part of Lapland, to approximately 14 C in the country’s South.

In all, the FMI said the last time the country had so many parts of the country experiencing warmer-than-typical May periods was in 2018.

May set a new record with 16 hot days, surpassing the previous record of 14 hot days six years ago.

Average monthly temperatures by region
In May, there were way more sunny hours than usual, especially in the south and central parts of the country. (iStock)
  • West: 3-4 C higher than usual
  • East: 1-3 degrees higher than usual
  • North: 1-3 degrees higher than usual

The country’s highest temperature of 29.9 C was recorded at the Hattula Lepaa observation station in southern Finland. 

Lapland posted the country’s coldest temperature of -34.3 C on April 3 at the Tulppio observation station in Savukoski in eastern Lapland. 

Surprisingly dry

May was not only warmer than usual but also exceptionally dry.

Although end-of-month thunderstorms brought precipitation close to normal levels,  most regions of the country were marked by low rainfall was recorded  earlier in the month.

“New station-specific, low precipitation records for May were recorded nearly everywhere in the country,” the FMI said. 

Spring temperatures soared, while rainfall keeps cool average

Looking at spring temperatures from March to May, the FMI data found the average temperature across the country was 1C higher than typical.

People enjoy a sunny day in Helsinki, Finland.(Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

The average temperature in the northwestern Lapland was -3C and 6 C in the South.

“The last time the southern and central areas were as warm in May as they were this year was in 2016,” the FMI said. 

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