Brief weekend cold snap, then warmer again

During the next few days, the air temperature in Latvia will mostly remain below zero, but a widespread thaw will return in the middle of next week, according to latest forecasts.

Snow is expected from time to time over the weekend, mostly in Kuzeme and Vidzeme, less in Zemgale, but in Latgale the weekend is likely to pass completely without precipitation. Air temperatures at night will be in the  -1 Celsius to -7 C range, with days only slightly milder at 0 c to -3 C, though on Sunday in Kurzeme coastal areas the thermometer may climb up to +3 C. The prevailing winds will be south, southwest, which will be stronger on Saturday, but calmer on Sunday.

At the beginning of next week, the frost will intensify, plunging at night in the eastern part of Latvia from -10 C to - 15 C, but in the second half of the week the thaw will return. There will be no precipitation at the beginning of the week, but when the thaw arrives, some snow and rain, combined with stronger westerly winds, could see a return to the treacherous icy conditions of last week.

With the onset of colder weather, the rise of the water level in rivers has stopped, so the Latvian Center for Environment, Geology and Meteorology has canceled the flooding orange warning, which was in force earlier this week in Kurzeme and on the banks of the Lielupe in Zemgale. According to current forecasts, when water returns to thaw next week, water levels in Latvia's rivers will rise again.

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