Daugava water levels reach top mark this spring

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The water level of the Daugava near the city of Daugavpils has reached the highest mark this spring, while the water levels upstream continue to decrease gradually, according to data from the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVĢMC).

In Daugavpils, the highest water level in Daugava was recorded on the night to Sunday, when it reached 7.56 meters above the zero point of the observation station. This is 38 centimeters below the 2013 peak, when the biggest floods in a decade were observed. On Monday morning, the water level had fallen by four centimeters.

The water levels near Jersika and Jēkabpils are not yet falling and can climb a centimeter higher on Monday, but they are well below the 2013 peak.

There is no heavy rainfall expected in the coming days, so water levels in Daugava will slowly decrease.

It is expected that for a further ten days, Daugava hydroelectric power plants in Latvia will be able to work at full capacity.

In the previous four months, the amount of rainfall in Latvia was higher than normal, and in January and February this year, Daugava hydropower plants produced nearly twice as much electricity as a year earlier. Electricity amoutn generated in March and April is expected to be significantly higher. During the Easter holidays, Daugava hydropower plants generate twice as much electricity as Latvia consumes, and much of the electricity produced is exported.

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