Driest May followed by second-driest June in Latvia

June 2023 was not just dry – it was the second-driest June on record, and came immediately after the driest-ever May, the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meterology Center (LVĢMC) said July 3.

The average air temperature in Latvia in June was +16.6 °C, which is 1.4 °C above the monthly norm. The monthly minimum air temperature of -2.4 °C was observed on June 2 in Stende, which is a new record for the minimum air temperature of June 2 in Latvia, while the maximum air temperature of +31 °C was observed on June 21 in Rūjiena.

The total amount of precipitation in Latvia in June was 23.4 mm, which is 67% below the monthly norm (70.1 mm), thus June became the second-driest month on record (since 1924), behind only the record of 1969 (21.6mm). The most precipitation (47.3 mm) was in Dobele, and the least in Stande – 4.5 mm. On average, there were 4.8 days with at least 1 mm of precipitation in Latvia in June.

"The month of June was generally warm and very dry. Prolonged drought is causing problems for farmers, and various agricultural and forestry pests have multiplied in favorable weather," said the LVĢMC.

"Under the influence of heat waves, phenological phenomena generally occurred early. Strawberries, cherries and early varieties of potatoes ripened in the gardens, and also wild strawberries at the end of the month." However, the dryness means few, if any, edible mushrooms were to be seen.

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