Spring-like temperatures arrived early to the western parts of the country, but the progress slowed down considerably by the end of the month.
Photo: Eija Vallinheimo
The national average temperature in March was -3 °C which is 1,9 °C above average. Relative to average values, the warmest areas were in the northwest and the coolest were in the east.
The highest temperature +15,8 °C was measured in the Åland Islands on the 22nd of March. In the past 50 years higher March temperatures have been measured only three times: in 1990, 2002 and 2007. The lowest temperature -27,7 °C was measured in Salla on the last day of the month.
By the end of the month the snow cover had receded from the southwestern parts of the country. However over a meter of snow was still left in some parts of Northern Finland.
Monthly precipitation varied across the country. The values were mostly near or below average.