High-pressure system brings sun, frigid temperatures

The week began with a deep freeze overnight to Monday, as low temperatures dipped down to -20 degrees Celsius in Zosēni, central Vidzeme province. Elsewhere around the land, in Vidzeme and Latgale provinces the mercury stayed between -9 and -15 degrees, while in western Kurzeme and south-central Zemgale it ranged from -3 to -7 degrees.

Even with the sun forecast to brighten the day, and slow east-southeast winds prevailing, temperatures are not expected to rise above zero Monday, with Kurzeme seeing between -2 and 0 degree highs and the rest of the country staying between -3 and -8 degrees.

Clear skies will remain over the region Tuesday, keeping the temperatures below zero everywhere except the coast, where highs could rise to between 0 and +2 degrees, however chills from gusty south winds reaching up to 15 meters per second on the coast will keep things feeling wintry enough.

The forecast calls for clouds to reach the area by Wednesday, with some scattered snow beginning already by morning. By mid-day temperatures will have risen to between 0 and +4, with a mix of snow and wet snow passing over into rain by the afternoon.

A stable thaw will set in toward the second half of the week, with temperatures rising even overnight to between 0 and +5 degrees. By Friday some places in Kurzeme could see highs up to +7 degrees, however overnight lows in the east of the country will stay below zero between -1 and -3 degrees freezing.

This means the temperature amplitude this week could range as widely as by 25 degrees – from -20 degrees on Monday morning to more than +5 later this week. However, this is hardly a rare occurrence for Latvian winters, when temperature fluctuations can be even more extreme.

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