Balmy weekend sliced off by wind and sleet

A cyclone is moving across Latvia Monday, with atmospheric pressure readings on barometers dropping down to 758-762 millibars at sea level and expected to fall further still as the wet, cold and windy weather more typical of the season than last week’s record warm wave returns for another round.

The winds will continue to gust from the northwest through Monday at between 14 to 18 meters per second, accompanied by rain, sleet and possibly scattered wet snow. High temperatures will stay between +4 and +9 degrees in most of the land, possibly climbing to +12 in Latgale.

Riga is expected to experience a mostly rainy Monday, especially in the afternoon hours. The low atmospheric pressure had Latvian Radio’s morning weather report calling for the 3rd category of health alert for the meteorologically sensitive.

The gusty winds that arrived Sunday came on the heels of a 5-day stretch of warm and dry weather. Saturday provided a delightfully sunny and warm first half of the weekend. Record high temperatures were again set for five consecutive days, reaching +20 degrees Celsius in Jelgava and remaining as high as +18 on Sunday in far southeastern Latgale province.

However winds were clocked both on the horn of Kolka on the open water as well as further inland in central Zemgale province’s grain-processing mini-capital of Dobele at 22 meters per second. In Riga a kindergarten school roof was damaged by strong winds Sunday while out in the provinces power was knocked out for hundreds of residents of Cēsis in Vidzeme and Ludza and Krāslava districts in Latgale.

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