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Sunny start to week, but chilly May Day in store

The weather in Finland will cool as next week progresses, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

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Forecasters say the last week of April will start off sunny but end on a chilly note, coinciding with May Day festivities.

"On Monday and Tuesday southern Finland can still see highs of ten degrees Celsius or more. But the weather will cool overall at the start of next week," FMI meteorologist Antti Kokko told news agency STT on Sunday.

Up north, Lapland can expect to see snow, sleet and rain over the course of next week.

On Monday, daytime highs will range from 10 to 12 degrees Celsius in southern areas, 7C to 10C in central parts and zero to five degrees in Lapland.

Brush fire warnings are in force in the regions of Uusimaa, Finland Proper, Satakunta and Åland.

"Grass fire warnings prohibit open fires, similar to forest fire warnings," Kokko said.

By Wednesday and Thursday highs will not top five degrees in southern and central parts, while the mercury will barely budge above freezing up north. In the far north daytime temperatures will remain in subzero territory.

"The weather will turn unstable, bringing light snowfall to the north that will come down as rain in the south."

Chilly Vappu

Finland is expected to celebrate May Day in chilly conditions, according to the FMI.

"May Day (Sunday) weather will be similar to that earlier in the week," Kokko said.

Southern areas will see highs ranging from four to seven degrees on May Day Eve (Saturday), with temperatures a few degrees cooler in the rest of the country. May Day revellers in Lapland could celebrate the spring festival in snowy conditions.

The warm weather over the past few days has reduced the snow cover across Finland, melting five to ten centimeters of the the white stuff a day in some places, according to Kokko.

Snow, however, covers many areas of Lapland, including in Kittilä where it's still more than a metre deep.