Flooding to hit low-lying areas following heavy rain

In the early hours of September 18 a rainy weather system reached Latvia from the south, bringing with it heavy rain and flooding in the lowlands, warn forecasters. 

Throughout the night, 30 mm of rainfall per square meter was recorded, which is half of the usual for September, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Meanwhile LTV reports of several streets in Riga being flooded with traffic jams following suit (as always, consult lvceli.lv to see which streets should best be avoided).  

Rainfall is expected throughout Latvia and especially heavy rainfall could hit southern Kurzeme, Zemgale and perhaps Latgale too. Thunderstorms are in the forecast in Latvia's east as well.

Driving could become tricky with hydroplaning conditions on Latvia's highways. Floods are expected in low-lying areas. 

Temperatures of +11..+14C across Latvia and up to +16C in Latgale are in the forecast for Monday.

This is not good news for farmers who have been repeatedly pointing out they are having trouble harvesting crops this rainy September. 

Local governments might request about €4.7 million from the state in compensations for the damage done by flooding this season, but the sum may still change, the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry told LETA today. 

We couldn't fail to post the video below from our colleagues at LTV who recorded one intrepid motorist taking extreme measures to get access to his car...

 

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