As March is approaching its end this year, the temperatures are warmer than usual. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Spring is taking steps forward as the mercury climbs between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius in wide areas on Friday. Lapland is no exception from plus degrees; there daytime temperatures stay between 1 and 5 degrees.

“The weather is now clearly becoming springlike, its drier, and when compared to the average temperatures for this time of year, the weather is warm,” said Anna Latvala, a meteorologist at weather service Foreca.

Saturday is warm, but scattered clouds may block some of the sunshine. Occasional showers are possible in southern and southwestern Finland.

The weather on Sunday resembles Saturday in many parts.

The snow has begun melting speedily. Thermic spring is knocking on the door.