Finland basks in unusual heat while cold prevails in parts of eastern Europe
Finland is facing unseasonal heat for early June, in contrast to the cold weather conditions experienced by countries farther south. On Thursday, June 3, 2021, a Finnish weather station within the Arctic Circle registered a sweltering 29.3 °C (84.7°F), while eastern European countries had cool temperatures between 10 and 13 °C (50 and 55. °F).
Finland's northernmost weather station at Nuorgam, Utsjoki, registered a staggering 29.3°C (84.7°F) on Thursday.
London-based meteorologist Scott Duncan said the temperature is "exceptional for early June and a stark contrast to the remarkable low temperatures under cloud and rain further south."
"How unusual is this heat? This weather station appears to be relatively new (since 2008). But this heat today thrashes any June records since then (impressive for the early month)."
While Finland is gripped by warm weather conditions, countries farther south are seeing low temperatures.
The cloud and incessant rain moving through southeast Europe have given impressive 'low maximums' over the last few days," Duncan stated. "It has been impressively cold for the eastern half of Europe."
While Nuorgam in Finland registered 29.3°C (84.7°F) on Thursday, Galati in Romania had cooler temperatures between 10 and 13 °C (50 and 55. °F), accompanied by afternoon rain on Wednesday, June 2.
Cahul in Moldova had an incredibly low maximum temperature of 11.2 °C (52.3 °F). It was also a very cold day in North Macedonia, Northern Greece, and Ukraine.
The rare heat in Finland is expected to continue in the following week, with temperatures forecast to be highest in northern and central Finland on Friday, June 4.
YLE meteorologist Matti Huutonen noted that southern Finland will also likely break the 25 °C (77 °F) mark over the weekend.
Finland's most northern weather station within the Arctic Circle just recorded a staggering +29.3°C (84.7°F) at 70.1N.
This is exceptional for early June and a stark contrast to the remarkable low temperatures under cloud and rain further south.
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) June 3, 2021
May was exceptionally hot for North Africa, Middle East and through Russia into the Arctic.
Heat seemed like a bizarre concept for millions of Europeans though. Most of us wondered if spring would ever arrive! Impressive, especially after a cold April.
Data: @CopernicusEU pic.twitter.com/sED9ptyA6v
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) June 4, 2021
Nuorgamissa lämpötila kohosi juuri yli 29 asteeseen, mikä on kyseiselle havaintoasemalle poikkeuksellisen lämmin lukema näin kesäkuun ensimmäisellä viikolla. #kesä #helle pic.twitter.com/RJmJYgcMMd
— Ilmatieteen laitos (@meteorologit) June 3, 2021
According to @infoclimat, previous June record was yesterday at 26.5°C. Today was a head and shoulders above that. Again, very impressive for so early in the month.
This is not the hottest ever at this weather station. Warmer has been recorded – 19 July 2018 reached 31°C. pic.twitter.com/CTVG7pFztj
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) June 3, 2021
Meteorological summer started with exceptionally low temperatures in Eastern Europe. Galati in Romania had temps between 10C and 13C all afternoon with rain, Cahul in Moldova had an incredibly low Tmax of 11.2C. Very cold day also in North Macedonia, Northern Greece and Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/o4gDkctqXq
— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) June 2, 2021
I'm not sure if the high-latitude heat modeled by the GFS would be record breaking, either daily or for the month of June (perhaps @ScottDuncanWX or @mikarantane would know), but I'd imagine a +16C 2m temp anomaly is quite anomalous at the very least… pic.twitter.com/OgbcNzG8ih
— Tomer Burg (@burgwx) May 29, 2021
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