What is the weather like during October and what sort of temperatures can I expect?
Well, it depends in which part of Finland you are. If you go far North (Lapland), the first snow is already there.
I live in South Carelia (South-East Finland) and yesterday the sun was shining and the temperatures were around +7º Celsius. Today it is rainy and +5º. There's no snow yet.
In any case, the Nature is stunning. The colours of the trees change from green to golden yellow, orange and red. It is possible to walk or take a bicycle ride if you are properly dressed with warm clothes. I like to ride along the lake Saimaa.
If you intent to go to the country side and rent a Summer cottage, be sure that it has the heating system working.
In Helsinki, the temperature can be higher. It is still quite OK to go for a walk and even ride a bike close to the Baltic Sea.
If you are in a Sauna, then the temperature can be really warm/hot (60º up to 80º Celsius or more)... ;-)
For a more accurate and scientific information, you may always go to http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/home?doAsUserLanguageId=en_US.
I hope it was helpful.
barbara, 13th October 2011 almost 8 years ago
I have a b-day in October 29th and I remember many times when a weather has been very nice even that late in autumn. I lived my childhood in South Carelia too but for the last 15 years or so I have lived in Turku. The winters are a bit different if you compare Carelia which is inland and Turku that is on the coast. But October is about the same everywhere in the south. There might be a lot of rain but usually a lot less than for example in London. It's rare to have a snow in October but not so rare to have days when the temperature is +15C or even a tad more and it's sunny. Anyway, the nights are very cold already and there might be temperatures below zero.
So take a t-shirt, something long sleeved and an umbrella. That should do! : )
P.S Never go to sauna is the temp is under 60C. You'll get cold. ; ) A proper Finnish sauna has a temp from 60 to 100 and even more. almost 7 years ago