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A sunrise in Turku, southwestern Finland. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Indian summer was first noted in regions occupied by American Indians, the Collins Dictionary enlightens us. The term refers to a period of unusually settled warm weather after the end of summer.

Starting from next weekend, the term can be applied to Finland as well. And we can thank our Russian neighbors for it. A high over Russia is pushing warm weather to the Finnish hemisphere. “We haven’t seen a high-pressure area like this during the whole summer. Because of this, we get to enjoy a long and warm period of fair weather,” said Aleksi Jokela, a meteorologist at MTV News.

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During the weekend the temperature could climb as high as 20 degrees Celsius.

Next week the southern and middle parts of the country will enjoy a warm weather of 15 to 20 degrees. The weather will be colder in the North (not a big surprise), but even there the daytime temperatures will sit around 10 to 15 degrees.

Such warm weather in September is, indeed, rare. “It’s exceptional. It’s possible that we will now break record temperatures of the last week in September,” Jokela said.

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Even the nights will stay fairly warm, around 5 to 10 degrees.

Usually, the daytime temperature during this time of the year is around six to 12 degrees and zero to five degrees at night.

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