The Finnish climate is considerably milder than one might expect from the country’s northerly location. The average annual temperature is about 6 degrees Celsius higher than elsewhere in the same latitude. The Finns enjoy a temperate climate due to the influence of the Baltic Sea, the island waters and by the west winds warmed by the Gulf Stream. The four seasons divide the climate in Finland into very distinct parts: a cold and dark winter, a short spring when everything seems to explode into life again, a mild and warm summer and a bright autumn famous for its spectacular colours.
In the warmest summer months the average temperature can be over +20° C and the highest daytime temperatures can exceed +30° C. The coldest months are January and February, when the average temperature is between –6° C and –15° C.