Temperature record is forecast to fall

While the capital region sizzles, there's some relief in the far north of Finland.

File picture of Helsinki's Senate Square in the sunshine, July 2018 / Credit: News Now Finland

The hottest temperature ever recorded at Finland’s oldest weather station is forecast to fall today.

The instruments at Kaisaniemi have been faithfully recording weather conditions in the Finnish capital since 1844 and the hottest temperature that’s been recorded so far is +31.6°C which was set back in July 1945.

However the forecast for Helsinki on Sunday is a scorching +32°C which means the previous record could be broken.

Other hot days over +31°C happened in July 1914 and 1933, and August 1975.

As the thermometer creeps up, you can follow the weather station temperatures live at this link.

Head north for cooler temperatures

While the south of the country bakes in hot weather, the north is enjoying some cool relief.

Eleven degrees? Yes please!

A cold front that’s moved into Lapland brings much cooler temperatures during Sunday.

“I would say that Utsjoki in northern Lapland may be the coldest place because the cold air will spread there already on Saturday and Sunday” explains meteorologist Mika Rantanen.

“For example, daytime maximum will be around +11°C on Sunday in Nurogam, Utskoki” he says.

“The seawater and lakes are also quite warm already, so no relief from there. Some mountain – tunturi – tops in the northernmost Finland would probably work quite well” to enjoy cooler temperatures” he tells News Now Finland.