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Finland endures coldest May in nearly half a century

Staff Writer | June 2, 2017
May was an exceptionally cold month in Finland. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI, the last time May daytime temperatures were this low was in 1969.
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Although Thursday is the first day of the summer month of June, there’s no indication of balmy summer weather in sight. Daytime highs for the month are already unusually low, said Yle meteorologist Seija Paasonen.

"Between April and May we generally have the kinds of temperatures we are seeing now," Paasonen noted, yle-fi reports.

The weather forecast puts daytime highs Thursday and Friday at a chilly 10 to 11 degrees Celsius, while highs in central regions will runs from six to 7 degrees and from two to seven degrees Celsius up north.

According to Paasonen, at this time of year, average daytime highs in Helsinki should be around 17 degrees, and even up north, highs should be above 10 degrees.

Meanwhile new data from the Finnish Meteorological Institute indicate that across northern Finland – from Kainuu in the east to northern Ostrobothnia in the west – temperatures in May were nearly three degrees Celsius below the long term average.

The last time Finnish residents experienced a May as cold as this was in 1969 – nearly 50 years ago.