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All-Time Heat Records Broken in July

The past month of July was the warmest since records started. The highest average temperature during July this year was 23 degrees Celsius, recorded in Puumala. The previous average temperature record was registered in 1925 and it was 22.1 degrees, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

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This year Joensuu Airport in Liperi had the warmest Finnish day ever with the mercury hitting 37.2 degrees on the 29th of July. Kaakonkulma in south-east Finland had the warmest domestic average temperatures throughout July. Previous similar records have been broken in Kouvola and Lappeenranta with 22.7 degrees.

In the city of Vantaa some 22 degrees Celsius was recorded as an average temperature for the month of July. “These are all extremely high readings, easily comparable with the records broken by the famous Jamaican Olympic runner Usain Bolt”, quips Meteorologist Juhana Hyrkkänen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

According to Hyrkkänen, Finland has not been this warm since July 2003, and before that at the beginning of the 1970's.

Several consecutive hot days were recorded this year as well. According to statistics, in parts of Finland, the mercury stayed above 25 degrees on all days but one in July.

The statistics from the Finnish Meteorological Institute reveal that although south and central Finland have had record breaking heat this summer, the summer weather in Finnish Lapland has not been extraordinary.

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