This summer’s highest temperature so far was recorded on Monday afternoon in Turku, where the mercury climbed to 32.2 degrees Celsius. The previous heat record was just from yesterday when 31.2 degrees were measured in the south-western town of Pori.
Meteorologist Joonas Koskela from Yle says it is likely that even higher temperatures could be seen later this week.
”Warm air is stuck above Finland and winds are quite weak. The heat is here to stay for a while,” Koskela says.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute issued an intense heat warning for southern Finland on Monday and the warning will likely be expanded to cover the rest of the country later this week, Koskela adds.
Intense heat warnings are given when daytime highs soar to 30 degrees and the average temperature over a 24-hour period does not fall below 24 degrees.
So called tropical nights, when the temperature remains at or above 20 degrees are possible this week, especially on the southern coast and in the vicinity of lakes, Koskela says.
However, some relief is expected towards the weekend when rain and thunder storms are likely to pound western and northern Finland.
”In some areas, rains could be very heavy, up to 10 millimeters,” Koskela says.