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2020 almost certain to be warmest year on record in Latvia

This week the weather in Latvia will be frosty and cold on working days but will warm up again as next weekend approaches with a weather system arriving from the Mediterranean, according to the latest forecasts.

Snowfall on Monday will stop on Tuesday, and no further significant precipitation is expected this week, but the skies will remain cloudy.

The coldest weather is expected on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, when the temperature will drop as low as - 6 degrees Celsius. Also during the day the temperature in most parts of the country will remain slightly below zero. The prevailing winds on these days will be slow to moderate southeasterly and southerly winds.

On Friday, the wind will pick up, reaching 10–15 meters per second in gusts, and even stronger on the coast. But they will bring with them a warm air mass from the Mediterranean region so that air temperatures will rise as high as + 8 Celsius during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

According to LSM weatherman Toms Bricis, 2020 is now almost certain to go down in the history books as the warmest ever in Latvia. All seasons have been warmer than the climatic norm (average indicators in the period from 1981 to 2010). the only months this year with cooler than normal temperatures were April, May and July.

In order to avoid a new record for the warmest year, the average temperature in December will need to be -6 C, while in order for 2020 to correspond to the norm, the average temperature in December would have to be -28 C.

The average annual temperature in Latvia is 6.4 degrees. This year, it is likely to be around 8.7 degrees. And we do not have to look very far back in the history books to find the current warmest year in Latvian history. It was 2019, with an average temperature of 8.2 degrees. Before that the record belonged to 2015 with 7.8 degrees.

 

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