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Mild weather in store this week

A warm current has brought Monday's temperatures of +7 degrees Celsius, which are above the February average. With +5 degrees Celsius in store for Tuesday in most parts of Finland except Lapland, the week is forecast to be as mild as the weather at the end of March and beginning of April.

Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Owing to a Föhn wind, a generic term for a warm strong wind, this week will be milder than February averages in previous years.

Although the mercury will dip below zero overnight, plus temperatures are in store for Tuesday and the rest of week throughout Finland with the exception of Lapland.

According to Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen, this is just a momentary mild spell owing to the Föhn front.

"In Lapland on Monday it may be up to 10 degrees warmer than on average and feel almost spring-like," says Huutonen.

No records to be broken

Huutonen forecasts the mild weather will continue the entire week, with Monday likely to be the warmest day.

The record warm temperature for February dates back to 1943, when +11.8 degrees Celsius was recorded. Yle's meteorologist says that record will not likely to be topped this week.

Heavy winds in Lapland

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has given a strong northwesterly wind warning for Northern Lapland, with winds expected to die down on Tuesday.

Very strong winds were measured in Lapland on Sunday night: in Muonio the wind blew at 20 metres a second.

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