D.I’ve known the Finnish summer for three decades, but I’ve never seen it like this year. At the beginning of June a heat dome formed over the land that does not want to give way. June has not been so warm since Finland began taking meteorological measurements. At first everyone was still happy about the unexpected warmth at the beginning of the school holidays, but around midsummer the moans about the hot days and tropical nights gradually got out of hand.
After the heat fires in Canada, a Finnish climatologist warned his compatriots living at similar latitudes about comparable phenomena. A few days later, a weather station in Utsjoki reported 33.5 degrees. Utsjoki is the northernmost municipality in Finland, 380 kilometers as the crow flies above the Arctic Circle, in the sub-polar tundra. At the same time, pictures from Lapland showed reindeer relieving themselves in the shade of houses instead of, as usual, perching on streets to benefit from the warmth of the asphalt.