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Finland sees summer temperatures on spring's warmest day

The temperature in Espoo's Nuuksio park reached 24.8 degrees on Tuesday.

The week's warmest day will likely be Thursday, according to forecasts. Image: Matti Myller / Yle
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Tuesday was the warmest day of the year to date in parts of Finland, according to Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela.

Thermometers in Helsinki read 20.6 degrees Celsius on Monday evening, but a couple hundred kilometres to the northwest of the capital in Kankaanpää on Tuesday, temperatures reached around 23 degrees in the afternoon.

The town of Mikkeli, which is just over 220km north-east of Helsinki, saw similar temperatures.

"And yes, temperatures will certainly rise from there, many times during the day," Koskela said, noting that southern Finland could see the thermometer break the 24 degree mark. Peak temperatures were expected to be reached at around 4-5pm.

"On the other hand, Lapland is cloudy and cool and Northern Lapland is even cold. There will be rain there today and tomorrow," Koskela predicted.

However, the next couple of days are expected to be even warmer, with Thursday being the warmest. Western Finland could even see temperatures exceeding 25 degrees, a threshold deemed by local meteorologists as the point at which the weather is considered a "heat wave."

Many people across the country took advantage of the warm temperatures and headed outdoors with some opting to go swimming in lakes or pools.

Swimsuit-wearing people in Tampere were seen gathering along the shores of Näsijärvi lake on Tuesday morning. Tampere outdoor marketplace Tammelantori also drew crowds eager to buy ice cream cones under the warmth of the sun.

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Vesa Kivelä ja Patu Järvenpää auringonotossa Tampereella
Vesa Kivelä and Patu Järvenpää sunbathing in Tampere on Tuesday. Image: Mari Vesanummi / Yle
Annika Kuronen lastensa kanssa hiekkaleikeissä.
Anikka Kuronen and kids at Näsijärvi lake on Tuesday. Image: Mari Vesanummi / Yle
Arja Lintunen ja Pekka Manninen jäätelöllä Tammelan torilla
Arja Lintunen and Pekka Manninen eating ice cream cones at Tammela market square. Image: Mari Vesanummi / Yle

Some people headed to Eastern Helsinki's seaside Aurinkolahti neighbourhood, to take advantage of the pleasant weather.

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Santeri Karppila Aurinkolahden hiekkarannalla.
Santeri Karppila at Aurinkolahti beach. Image: Matti Myller / Yle

Meanwhile, temperatures hit 23.5 degrees in Lahti's Sopenkorva and Heinola neighbourhoods.

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Pyöräilijät Lahden satamassa
Cyclists take a break in Lahti. Image: Yle / Mika Moksu

In southwestern Finland's city of Turku, the popular Samppalinna outdoor swimming pool opened for the season, drawing many swimmers to queue before opening time on Tuesday morning.

Kirsikkapuu kukkii Turun pääkirjaston edustalla
Cherry blossoms bloom on tree in front of Turku's main library. Image: Minna Rosvall / Yle
Samppalinnan maauimala 11.5.2021
Samppalinna outdoor swimming pool. Image: Minna Rosvall / Yle
Samppalinnan maauimala 11.5.2021
The season's first customers line up for Tuesday's opening of Samppalinna outoor pool in Turku. Image: Minna Rosvall / Yle

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