Heat wave to hit Latvia in second half of week

The first heat wave of the summer will hit Latvia in the second half of this week, according to forecasts by LSM's weatherman Toms Bricis.

On Monday and Tuesday the sky will be somewhat cloudy, in the central and eastern part of the country it will rain a little, the air temperature will reach +17 C to +22 C.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the weather will be sunny and dry, with temperatures rising to +21 C to +26 C in the afternoons, while the nights will still be cool, with a minimum temperature of +7 C to +12 C.

It will get hotter over the weekend, when the temperatures will hit +26 C to +31 C in the afternoons, but at night it will not get cooler than +15 C to +20 C.

Current forecasts show this will be the biggest heat wave in the past two years, as temperatures may rise even more early next week. Last summer's highest temperature was +31.4 C, recorded on June 18 in Skulte.

An air temperature reaching at least +27 degrees for two consecutive days shall be considered as a heat wave in Latvia. 

This week and next week will have high levels of ultraviolet radiation, so sunbathing is not recommended between 11 AM and 4 PM. Due to the drought, fire risk is rapidly increasing in forests. Fires must not be left unattended.

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