Winter Continues In March, As Spring Equinox Arrives

Spring equinox is coming on Tuesday, but temperatures are still going to feel rather cold this week.

Frozen water at Otsolahti in Espoo, in March 2018 / Credit: News Now Finland

Finland’s long winter isn’t over yet!

The days might feel warmer with spring equinox bringing 12 hours of sunshine by Tuesday, but overnight temperatures can still drop as low as -20°C in some parts of the country.

Cold weather continues this week with temperatures between -1°C and -10°C in the coming days, and meteorologist Antti Jylhä-Ollila at the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI says be cautious about the strength of sea ice in particular.

“There is of course a point where the ice will deteriorate faster, and it’s more unpredictable at sea” he says.

“There is always reason to be careful, but the warmer weather isn’t yet affecting the ice” adds Jylhä-Ollila.

Remote roads and footpaths that turn mushy during the day can freeze at night and become treacherous in the morning for pedestrians and drivers.

Next weekend, clocks spring forward by one hour, so it will be lighter into the evening as well.