Independence Day did indeed set new temperature records

As predicted by forecasters, yesterday proved to be an historically warm Independence Day in Latvia.

During the afternoon, the air temperature in Bauska reached +12.2 degrees Celsius, the same mark recorded during Independence Day 2002 in Daugavpils, to become the joint warmest since the meteorological observations began, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center.

In Riga, this year's was the warmest day of the founding of Latvia in history, the temperature reaching +11.9 degrees. Previously, the warmest November 18 in the capital was in 1980, when the air warmed to +10.4 degrees.

In the afternoon, the air temperature in the territory of Latvia ranged from +6 degrees in the east of Latgale to +12 degrees in many places in Kurzeme, Zemgale and around Riga. However, strong winds and persistent rain made things feel slightly less pleasant than they might otherwise have been.

Current forecasts suggest the sun will occasionally appear on Thursday, but rain and strong winds are also expected, with temperatures remaining warm for the season at +8 to + 11 Celsius degrees and strong southwesterly winds gusting at 12-17 meters per second inland and on the coast up to 20-24 meters per second.

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