Morning Headlines: Friday 17th August 2018

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Capital City Metro Traffic Hit By Problems

Commuters in the capital city region this morning were hit with delays when the metro stopped due to electricity failure. And it could take some time to recover, impacting metro journeys in Helsinki and Espoo. HSL says they’re not sure how long the delays will be felt, but encourage people to take commuter trains, buses and trams instead.

Jari Sillanpää Drugs Sentence Due Today 

Helsinki District Court is due to give a verdict today in the case of popular singer Jari Sillanpää who was arrested earlier this year on drugs charges. The entertainer has admitted to acquiring methamphetamine numerous times from 2014 to 2018, and also that he bought a more crystal meth in Thailand at the start of the year. But Sillanpää insists it was for his own personal use and denied smuggling the drugs into Finland. The prosecutor is demanding a prison sentence for the popular singer, but his lawyer says that wouldn’t be in line with existing case law, since the drugs were for personal use.

Finnair Pilot Removed From Plane After Being Caught Over The Limit 

National airline Finnair has admitted one of its pilots was caught over the limit this week, forcing a crew change at Helsinki Airport. According to police, the plane hadn’t left the terminal and the pilot was still in the cockpit when colleagues on board alerted authorities to their suspicion the captain was over the legal limit. Finnair rules mean that pilots cannot consume alcohol for 12 hours before the start of their shift. Finnair says the incident is very rare, and the pilot will lose his job. There are no mandatory breathalyzer checks for Finnair crews before they start their jobs.

Property Sales Slow

House sales in Finland dropped 2% at the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2017. That’s according to a new report out this morning. Sales of new build homes also dropped 10% in the same period. According to realtors however, house prices was about 3% above the five year average. Not surprisingly, house prices in the Helsinki metropolitan area continued to climb, but prices in other parts of the country are also rising.

Friday Morning Weather

It’s a mixed start to the morning on Friday, with different weather dividing the north from the south. In the north, Lapland sees a lot of cloud cover with rain in the far north, and just the chance of sunshine breaking through in central Lapland. Temperatures are warm however, up to +18°C at the start of Friday. For the southern half of the country, expect much more sunshine and temperatures already at +20°C in Hanko on the south coast where there’s light to moderate wind coming in from the Baltic. Turku also starts the day with warm temperatures up to +19°C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 17th August 2018 / Credit: FMI