Autumn’s mild start sets records

The thermometer in Ventspils Monday reached a new record high, according to a tweet by the state Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (LVĢMC).

Shortly before 13:00 hours the mercury stood at +23.7 degrees Celsius, beating out the previous record high set in 1949 by 0.5 degrees. Temperatures on this mostly sunny day are bound to inch a bit higher still, said the forecasts.

The beginning of September usually ushers in seasonally chilly and wet weather, however this year the launch of fall has been quite balmy and free of rain after a damp and cool end to the summer.

Daytime highs Monday throughout the land are expected to hover between +20 and +25 degrees with scattered cloud cover under mostly sunny skies.

A dip in the warm temperatures is predicted for mid-week, with a slight chance of rain in western Kurzeme and south-central Zemgale provinces Tuesday and Wednesday as a cold front moves across Latvia from west to east and temperatures fluctuate from +16 to +21 during the day. Isolated thundershowers are a possibility with overnight lows between +11 and +16 degrees, quite warm for the season.

The chance of precipitation diminishes again by Thursday, when temperatures are expected to rise again to between +19 and +24.

Friday and Saturday promise to be the warmest days this week, with dry and sunny weather pushing temps up to between +20 and +26 degrees, again threatening to set records for highs on these dates.

Meteorologists predict a slight break in the summer-like weather by Sunday, when cloudy and cooler conditions may bring the chance of thunderstorms.

 

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