Saturday. 01.04.2023

Winter in May? Welcome to Finland!

The snow and the freezing temperatures have come back to the whole country and will stay for the weekend, according to the official weather forecasts. This is what Finns call takatalvi

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In the land of ice and snow, winter never goes away completely. So it is not surprising that today, May 3, spring has decided to temporarily retreat in Finland and the snow has made an appearance again even in the south of the country. Winter is back, this is what Finns call takatalvi.

In the region of Uusimaa, around Helsinki, the inhabitants woke up with temperatures around zero degrees and the snow made an appearance in places like Espoo, Vantaa and Kerava, though it was few. Snow was also reported in much more quantity in central Finland, where around five centimeters fell during the night.

But it was specially in eastern Finland (cities like Joensuu and Lappeenranta) where was snowing more during the last night. This has created some complications in the morning, especially on the roads, which became very slippery, as the vast majority of drivers have already changed their winter tires to summer tires

 Some traffic accidents have been reported by the police department of this region in such places as Heinävesi, Joensuu and Kuopio.

A little bit up north, it snowed as if we were in winter in Kajaani, where there were also winter temperatures, according to the photos and data tweeted by its inhabitants.

Cold weather is going to last at least for the weekend. According to the forecast of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, temperatures will fall below zero again during the early hours of Sunday in the capital region and in cities as Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Oulu, Kajaani, Rovaniemi, Tampere and even Turku.

Public authorities recommend precaution to those who are going to drive their cars under these weather conditions. Specially they remind that the braking distance needed in order to avoid a crash is now longer.

If you want to check the weather forecast for your city or town, you can consult the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute HERE

If you need more information about types of tires for your car and the times to change them, you will find it HERE

Winter in May? Welcome to Finland!