I was reading our daily paper earlier in the week and came across some interesting numbers. For the month of June, 2013 there were … wait for it… 78,000 lightning strikes in Finland. Yes, that is correct seventy-eight thousand. That’s an awful lot of electricity.
The next interesting statistic to grab my attention was the fact that we had 17 official ‘hot’ days! You may well ask what constitutes a hot day in Finland – any day where the temperature exceeds 25 degrees centigrade. Helsinki itself only had 9 such days. Check out the little snapshot I snipped from a site called Accu Weather.com. Double click the picture to read in detail.
Don’t be fooled by the phrase ‘midsummer’. Yesterday it was overcast in Helsinki, followed by plenty of wind and rain. Proper rain, not warm summer rain! Late in the day the sun put in a brief appearance, pushing through a late afternoon fog, before evening showers set in. The maximum recorded in the city centre was 15 degrees Centigrade (~ 59 degrees Fahrenheit), and I’m quite sure that it was less in my suburb.
Temperatures generally range from a chilly 9 degrees Centigrade (~ 48 degrees Fahrenheit) to a toasty 34 degrees Centigrade (~ 93 degrees Fahrenheit). These are the extremes. Generally summer temperatures are in the range of 19 – 23 degrees Centigrade (~ 66 – 73 degrees Fahrenheit). For detailed tables of highs, lows and averages have a look here and here. Finns embrace the summer weather and as soon as the days start warming every warm rock and sunny beach fills quickly.
It’s a toss-up between a sunhat and raincoat as to which is the most useful item of clothing in summer! Layering is your best bet to cope with a Helsinki summer day.
Here is a snap shot of the next three days:
No matter what the weather is, good or bad, we’ll be sure to have a great summer!