Check the weather! Popular Midsummer beliefs in Latvia

Take note – story published 2 years ago

Midsummer is the peak of summer - daylight is as long as it gets. Latvians have long determined it to be an important time to observe weather and predict the harvest, autumn and winter weather.

Today, of course, weather news are broadcast more or less accurately by advanced technologies. Latvian Television weather news editor Toms Bricis says popular beliefs are not at all helpful in forecasting - but you can always try, and occasionally the cuckoos are right when even Toms is wrong!

Popular beliefs:

  • If the cuckoo stops singing before Midsummer, the summer will be short and frost will come early.
  • If the cuckoo sings nine days after Midsummer, then nine days after Mikeļi (autumn solstice, September 29) there will be snow.
  • If the red clover blossoms before Midsummer – there will be floods.
  • If the thunder roars the night before Midsummer – it will be a fruitless summer.
  • If Midsummer passes without rain, there will be a warm and dry autumn.
  • Rainy weather is expected if children are crying during Midsummer.
  • If cows are mooing at night, autumn will be wet.


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