Balmy fall break nears

A warm air-mass from North Africa will flow into Europe during the second half of this week, bringing balmy weather even to Latvia, raising temperatures to over +20 degrees Celsius, a very rare phenomenon for October, indeed.

According to LSM’s resident meteorologist Toms Bricis, Monday and Tuesday will be mostly sunny, but highs will reach between only +8 and +13 degrees, moreover southeastern winds will prevail up to between 10-15 meters per second, even reaching strong gusts up to 18 meters per second on the coasts. Overnight lows will dip to between 0 and +5 degrees, possibly up to +10 on the coasts and -2 degrees in the eastern inlands.

But on Wednesday a warm atmospheric front will cross the land, behind which the warm air will flow in with a moderate southwesterly wind.

At first the front will bring cloud cover and the slight chance of light rain, while temperatures could climb to highs of +10 and +14.

Thursday promises similar conditions, with overnight lows between +4 and +10, highs from +11 to +15.

But by Friday the warm air mass will have settled completely over Latvia. While scattered cloud cover will continue and isolated spots of rain are possible, the daytime temperatures are projected to climb as high as +15 and +20 degrees, in southern zones up to +22.

This could herald some record-breaking measurements for high temperatures, hints Bricis.

Weekend weather forecasts call for the possibility of continued light rain and similarly balmy highs between +13 and +18, up to +20 further south.

Even the nights later this week promise to be rather warm, with lows only down to +9 and +14 degrees.

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