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Midsummer weekend brings Finland's hottest temperatures of 2022 so far, thunderstorms in the north

Temperatures are expected to climb higher on Sunday, with thunderstorms expected especially in southern Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia.

Midsummer Day brought the highest temperatures so far this year in Finland. Image: Pekka Homanen

Forecasts earlier this week proved correct, as the Midsummer holiday weekend weather is not only hot, but bringing with it the highest temperatures of the year.

The highest temperature of the summer so far, 29.7 degrees Celsius, was recorded in Liperi, North Karelia, on Midsummer's Day after 3pm, said Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen.

An earlier record of 29.4 degrees was set near Kuopio on Saturday at 2pm. The high temperature was recorded in Ritoniemi, North Savo, according to Huutonen.

Midsummer bonfires are still banned in areas where there are brush and forest fire warnings—which is the majority of the country except northern Lapland.

Additionally there are warnings (siirryt toiseen palveluun) of high heat and ultraviolet radiation through much of Finland.

Temperatures are expected to break the 30-degree mark in southern areas of the country on Sunday.

On Sunday morning Huutonen tweeted that a band of thunderstorms was moving across northern Finland, and that more could be expected especially in southern Lapland and Koillismaa, the eastern part of Northern Ostrobothnia.