Front tries to hold back summer’s arrival

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A cold atmospheric front reached the coast of Latvia’s western Kurzeme province Friday morning, bringing rain to the region and setting a mixed weather pattern for the whole land over the weekend and into the next workweek, say forecasts.

A moderate southwesterly wind is expected to reach gusts of 8-12 meters per second, pushing the rain from Kurzeme across Zemgale and Vidzeme provinces during the mid-afternoon. Near the coastlines temperatures will be cooler between +13 and +15 degrees, but Latgale province in the east will likely not see any rain Friday, and temperatures will reach highs between +15 and +20 degrees Celsius.

Winds are expected to calm down overnight to Saturday as skies clear and fog forms in the early morning. Overnight lows will dip to between +2 and +7 degrees, with the possibility of ground-level frosts.

Saturday will be mostly sunny in Vidzeme and Latgale, while Kurzeme and Zemgale will see scattered showers, possibly thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Riga is expected to see plenty of clouds, but may escape the precipitation for most of the day, with a chance of thunderstorms by evening. High temperatures will hit from +19 to +23 degrees, but again the coast should be considerably cooler between +15 and +18 degrees.

Sunday’s overnight lows will fall to between +5 and +11 degrees, with rain finally reaching the eastern regions of the country, but also continuing on the sea- and gulf-coasts.

Sunday will see a mix of sunshine and clouds, which are likely to scatter showers over much of the land. However gusty winds resuming from the southwest will keep temperatures between +12 and +17 degrees.

As the workweek and the new month begins Monday, warmer air masses are forecast to finally flow into the region. High temperatures Monday will exceed the +20 degrees Celsius mark, and Tuesday promises to actually bring some brief heat between +25 and +27 degrees, although thundershowers may keep the mercury in a less balmy range.

Cooler air is expected to return again after the brief warming period during the second half of June’s first week.

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