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Return of summer speed limits--and winter weather

Higher summer speed limits are set to come into force on Finnish roads this week even as wintry conditions return to much of the country.

Overview of Yle weather forecast April 8-10.
Overview of Yle weather forecast April 8-10. Image: Yle
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Summer speed limits are scheduled to come into force nationwide this week, according to the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. The top permissible speed on highways will go back up to 120km/h and on other main roads to 100km/h.

On some roads, and under good driving conditions, the higher summer speed limits have been in force since the beginning of March.

Authorities in Finland review road conditions before rolling out summer speed limits. Lower limits may remain posted on sections of roads where the surface has suffered significant damage during the winter months.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute reports that snow, sleet and snow flurries will make driving conditions hazardous on Monday in central parts of the country, as well as in North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu. Winds are expected to reach storm levels in many areas.

"From Monday through Wednesday it will be miserable and rainy. Then it will get colder," predicts Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen.

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