HELSINKI, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The mercury hit 37.2 degrees Celsius in Joensuu in eastern Finland on Thursday, marking the highest ever temperature reading in Finland.
The previous hottest day on record in Finland was July 9, 1914, when a reading of 35.9 degrees Celsius was recorded in Turku in southwestern Finland.
In Finland, temperature beyond 25 degrees Celsius is seen as hot summer weather. Temperature above 30 degrees rarely appears in the Nordic country even in summer. However, there have been readings of over 30 degrees nearly every day this July.
Temperatures exceeded 34 degrees Celsius in several places in Finland on Wednesday, while in Lahti in southern Finland, the temperature topped 35.6 degrees.
The unprecedented hot summer has increased wildfire risks in the capital region. The rescue department of Helsinki has received about 30 wildfire alarms so far this month.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute forecasts that the hot weather will fade away within two days thanks to a strong south- westerly flow starting to affect Finland. The temperature could drop by 10 degrees Celsius in a few days and the mercury reading could be 20 to 25 degrees on Saturday in South, West and Southwest Finland.