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Summer heat wave continues

By the time conditions in the north begin to cool down – some time Sunday, according to meteorologists – residents of southern Finland will begin to feel the heat. Weather experts are forecasting extremely warm weather into next week.

Lapissa tehtiin perjantaina 31. päivä toukokuun lämpöennätys. Ilmatieteen laitoksen mukaan Utsjoen Kevolla mitattiin 30,1 astetta. Uimarit nauttivat hellesäästä Ivalon uimarannalla Ivalojoen varrella 31. toukokuuta 2013.
Temperatures in northern Finland continue to break local heat records. Image: Juha Kauppinen / Lehtikuva

Conditions in northern Finland remain exceptionally warm, with the mercury in Kevo, Utsjoki inching past the 31 degree mark Saturday to register the highest temperature for the year so far at 31.3 degrees Celsius.

On Friday Lapland broke the heat record for May, when temperatures reached 30.5 degrees. It also marked the first time that highs in Lapland passed the 30-degree mark.

Highs in Lapland Saturday generally ranged from 25 to 30 degrees, said Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen.

“Lapland is very warm, but it’s no longer the warmest place in Europe now since it’s a little bit warmer in the Caucasus region,” Huutonen added.

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