Many Estonians got a rude shock this morning when looking out the window - snowflakes, which whitened a few flowerbeds for a short time before melting away by lunchtime.
However, snowfall is not uncommon in Estonia in May. Miina Kraabi, the head of meteorology at the national meteorological and hydrological service, said that the last time it happened was May 3, 2011, when Tallinn picked up 2 centimeters of snowfall.
She said the recent cold spell came from a Arctic weather front that swept northwest over the Norwegian Sea, and its impact will linger into the rest of the week with sleet possible tonight, turning into much-needed rain to dry forests on Tuesday.
The high Tuesday should only be around 3 C, with eastern Estonia picking up the largest amount of precipitation, and north winds blowing in gusts up to 48 kilometers per hour, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Institute.
Wednesday should bring warmer weather, with a high temperature of 12 C possible with variable winds. Light showers are in the forecast again for Thursday, with high temperatures from 9 to 14 C, and gusts on the northern coasts up to 50 kps.