Forest Fires Burn As May Temperatures Top 34-Year High

The last time Finland had such a prolonged hot spell in May was back in 1984.

File picture of Kemiönsaari in summer 2018 / Credit: News Now Finland

Finland is currently basking in its hottest May temperatures for 34 years.

There’s been 13 days with temperatures hotter than +25°C so far this month, and the last time that happened was back in 1984.

The record will continue, with forecasts of temperatures up to +27°C in southern Finland for Tuesday. In western and Central Finland the thermometer is likely to climb to +26°C; with +23°C expected in Oulu.

Further north, temperatures will still reach +20°C in Sodankylä and other parts of central Lapland.

Dry Weather Brings Forest Fires

One hazard from all the warm dry weather is the risk of forest fires.

Firefighters have been battling blazes near Oulu, but windy weather made it more difficult for them to combat the flames, which spread to a nearby field.

There’s also fires burning in peat areas near Mikkeli and Juva; while half a hectare burned in Loviisa’s Koskenkylä area, with the Border Guard helicopter on stand-by in case of emergencies.