Morning headlines: Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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Eleven people involved, several injured, in minibus crash  

Eleven people have been involved in a traffic accident between a passenger car and a minibus. It happened around 05:00 on Tuesday morning in Seinäjoki and police say there was one person in the car and ten in the minibus when the crash happened on Virtaintie in the city. One of the people in the mini-bus was trapped inside and had to be cut free by rescue crews. Officials say some of the other passengers in the minibus were seriously injured in the accident and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Antti Kaikkonen: ‘No ministerial shuffle if I become Centre Party leader’ 

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (Centre) says he won’t embark on an immediate shuffle of ministerial portfolios is he becomes the new leader of his party. Speaking to Uusi Suomi newspaper, Kaikkonen said it makes sense to keep the Centre’s five ministers in their current jobs at least through the end of Finland’s Presidency of the European Council which runs until the 31st December. The new Centre Party chair will be elected in Kouvola in September when ex-Prime Minister Juha Sipilä steps down. Kaikkonen and Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni are the two leading candidates for the position.

Police traffic warning for Ed Sheeran concerts 

British music star Ed Sheeran is playing two concerts at Malmi Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday and police are warning drivers to avoid the area if they’re not attending the gigs. Sheeran is expected to attract more than 100,000 people to the gigs and police say that during the opening hours of the events from 14:00 to 01:00 the Malmi area will be heavily congested with cars and people so it’s best to avoid it all together if possibly can.

Rent discount if homes are too hot

Did you know: you might be entitled to a discount on rent from your landlord if the temperature inside your home gets too high. That’s the advice from the Finnish Landlord Association which advises people that under current legislation the room air temperature should not exceed +32C even in summer. The association says that if it gets too hot you might be entitled to a discount of 10-20% of the rent for the period when the temperature goes above +32C.

Tuesday morning weather

The summer heatwave continues with sunshine across most of the country this morning and the hottest temperatures already found in the north of the country, up to +22C and +23C in places. The rest of Finland sees temperatures between +18C and +21C on Tuesday morning and there’s some cloud cover in the capital city region, Turku and the south west, Pori and the west coast, and into Tampere and Pirkanmaa as well. Expect some thunder storms in paces as the high pressure system persists.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 23rd July 2019 / Credit: FMI