Rare summer high temperature seen in Finland

10:02, July 13, 2010      

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A rarely high summer temperature of 33.9 degrees Celsius was recorded at Puumala in eastern Finland on Monday. The temperature was the highest measured in 76 years in Finland.

Many places in southern Finland on Monday have been scorched by temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. Temperatures over 25 degrees have been recorded as far north as Oulu.

Finland's all-time highest temperature in summer dates back to 1914, when a peak temperature of 35.9 degrees was recorded in Turku.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute forecasts the current heat wave will continue at least this week and probably beyond. Temperatures early this week in southern and central areas could top 35 degrees Celsius.

Weather forecasters have also warned the current hot temperatures combined with high humidity could cause problems for people at risk of serious illness. Next year, the Finnish Meteorological Institute is planning to introduce a new extreme weather warning system to notify the public of either extremely hot or cold conditions.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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