May was driest of the century in Latvia

May was the driest in Latvia this century, according to the information of the Latvian Environment, Geology, and Meteorology Centre compiled by LSM.

The average rainfall in the country was only about 12 millimeters, which is only 24% of the climate norm.

The wettest weather was in Latgale, with a rainfall of nearly 30 millimeters in Rēzekne last month, which is half the norm but in many places in Latvia, the amount of May rainfall was below 10 millimeters.

There have been several years of average rainfall in the country in May around 20-30 millimetre, but as dry as last May, there has been no one.

There have been a few more years of drought in history: 1941, 1947, 1971, and 1993, but in these years the drought did not always cover Latvia as a whole. 

The last relatively dry May in Latvia was experienced in 2018, when rainfall in the country was barely 24 millimeters or nearly half of the climatic norm.

The average temperature was close to the climatic norm this May, despite cold weather at the beginning of the month and the end of the month.

The environmental monitoring program “Copernicus” forecasts show that rainfall in Latvia is likely to be less than climatic norms during the summer months, so there is a possibility that drought will prevail throughout the summer in many regions of Latvia.

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