Märket has a continental climate affected by oceanic influences; it has a reputation for being one of the windiest places in Finland. A meteorological station has been managed by the lighthouse keepers since 1896 and an automatic station was inaugurated on the November 10, 1977, shortly before its automation.
The effect of the sea is very important to the climate of the island: thermal inertia dramatically reduces the temperature fluctuations during the year compared to the continent and to a lesser extent compared to the central part of Fasta Åland, the largest island of the archipelago of Åland. Märket holds five records for daytime temperatures for weather stations in Finland, all in the period between November 29 and January 1, with 10.2 °C (50.4 °F) on December 15, 2006 and 8.8 °C (47.8 °F) on December 31, 1975. The average yearly temperature is roughly 6 °C (43 °F) and is one of the highest in Finland, with the month of January being milder than on the continent (−2.5 °C/27.5 °F on average), and a warm summer (15.9 °C/60.6 °F on average in July). The island is drier than the mainland: the average rainfall does not usually surpass 550 millimetres (22 in).
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