Unusual Amount of Thunderstorm Activity Expected ({{commentsTotal}})

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After a sticky night when little of yesterday's warmth dissipated, meteorologists are calling for widespread thunderstorms today.

One weatherman in neighboring Finland said that there could be over 5,000 lightning strikes on his side of the gulf, which would be this summer's record.

The Tartu area and parts of the northeast were already hit around 8:00 with a local storm and torrential rain. A similar downpour earlier this week strained the capacity of drains in low-lying areas of Tallinn, as they have in the past. Yesterday afternoon, at 16:30, a house in Järva County was hit by lightning and caught fire, the rescue board said.

According to the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, highs will be 19-25 C today with moderate winds from the south, though storms could bring high gusts.  Winds will shift to the west in the evening as the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms continues. 

The weekend will see a general cooling trend, though forecasters are already calling for temperatures to return to around 30 C next week.