Darkness descends over Alūksne

Darkness has descended on Alūksne in December as the town has seen only six hours of sunlight. This December is among the darkest in the last few years, according to Latvia's State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center.

While Alūksne is the record holder and potentially a place for the prince of darkness to reemerge, the town of Zosēni was barely better, being sunny for just eight hours in December. Daugavpils, Latvia's second-largest city mustered all of ten hours.

Central parts of Latvia have been sunnier though, with 21 hours of sunlight recorded in Rīga and 23 in Dobele, whereas Liepāja in Latvia's west saw 17 hours of sunlight.

On the average, Rīga sees 24 hours of sunlight in December while sunny Dobele up to 30 hours.

The darkest December of the last decades was in 2007 when the sky was sunny for just an hour over Daugavpils and less than ten hours over the rest of the country.

So if you are heading into the eastern Latgale district any time soon, don't forget to take some vitamin pills.

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