Press release archive: 2017

Finnish Meteorological Institute warns about severe thunderstorms

12.8.2017 19:31

On Saturnday 12.8. at 18.55 the Finnish Meteorological Institute issued an emergency warning on severe thunderstorms.

Kuva: Ari-Juhani Punkka

Kuva: Ari-Juhani Punkka

Emergency warning 12.8. at 18.55: Severe thunderstorms causing damages occur locally on the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki capital area and Eastern Uusimaa during the next few hours. People are advised to move inside. Boaters are advised to prepare for very strong wind gusts and move to the shore if possible.

Emergency warnings are issued on the radio channels of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) and on commercial radio channels operating under a long-term licence. If necessary, emergency warnings are also broadcast on television. The situation is monitored on the FMI website.

An emergency warning gives additional information on a warning that has been issued


By law, an emergency warning can be issued if the event poses danger to life or health, or the risk of significant damage to or destruction of property.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute issues an emergency warning when the meteorological criteria are met, for instance a violent thunderstorm in summer or high wind associated with low pressure. An emergency warning is issued when the announcement enables more detailed information than an ordinary warning, when a strong weather event will hit within the next few hours or when there is already information about damage.

During 2014 – 2016 no emergency warnings were issued. During 2013 the Finnish Meteorological Institute issued one emergency warning (27th June).

For more information:

Warnings currently in force:  http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings

For weather statistics, call the climate service at 0600 1 0601 (4,01 e/min + local call charge)
For the latest weather forecasts from the meteorologist, available 24 h/day, call 0600 1 0600
(4,01 e/min + local call charge)