Morning headlines: Monday 24th June 2019

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At least eight people dead in Midsummer accidents 

At least five people drowned over the Midsummer holiday weekend, and three more people were killed in fatal traffic accidents according to officials. All of the people who drowned, in different parts of the country, were over 50 years old according to police, including fatalities in Lake Saimaa, Eurajoki, Jyväsjärvi, Varsinais-Suomi and in Petäjävesi. The Coast Guard says Midsummer Day and the following night were the busiest for them; and off the coast of Vaasa five people were rescued as their boat sank in the archipelago. In Kolari, two young men were killed after their car went off the road after midnight on Midsummer Day; and a man was killed near Naantali when his motorbike hit a passenger car.

Pride Week starts in Helsinki 

Pride Week – the annual celebration of LGBTQI+ culture and rights – gets underway in Helsinki. It’s the largest pride event in Finland and culminates next weekend with the Pride march which goes from Senate Square to Kaivopuisto. Before then, more than 100 events happening around the capital including parties, discussions, exhibits and events for young people as well, with the main hub this year at Pride House at the National Museum.

Amonia leak at HK-Scan factory 

Rescue crews were called out to investigate a chemical leak at an HK-Scan plant in Eura. The alarm was raised around 22:30 on Sunday night and when Satakunta Rescue Department arrived on the scene they discovered an ammonia leak. There were no staff at the factory at the time, and nobody was put at risk by the chemicals.

Valtteri Bottas second in French Grand Prix 

Finnish Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas has claimed a second place finish at the French Grand Prix race on Sunday, but he was again beaten by his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. The British driver lead from the start and Bottas had to cling on to second place by less than a second, after being challenged by a Ferrari driver on the last lap. Finland’s other driver in the race Kimi Raikkonen driving for Team Alfa Romeo, came in 7th and picks up six points. Next week’s Formula 1 action moves to Austria.

Monday morning weather 

It’s a fine a sunny start to the week across most of the country from Oulu going south. Expect temperatures ranging from +12C in Oulu to +14C in Central Finland, ´17C down the eastern border and in the capital city region, +16C in Turku and the south west and +18C in Åland this morning. However there’s more cloud, a chance of rain and cooler temperatures down to +9C across much of Lapland in the forecast for Monday morning. Enjoy the warm weather while you can – much cooler temperatures with heavy rain and storms are forecast to move in by the middle of the week.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 24th June 2019 / Credit: FMI