July was joint-hottest month on record in Latvia

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July was the joint-hottest month in Latvia since records began to be kept, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVĢMC) August 3.

"The average air temperature in Latvia in July was +21.5 Celsius, which is 4.1 C above the monthly norm. As a result, July this year, together with July 2010, is tied for the warmest observations in history (since 1924), with being 1.6 C warmer than July 2001," the LVĢMC said in its monthly round-up. 

The monthly minimum air temperature +5.7 C, observed on July 25 in Jelgava and July 24 in Stende, but the maximum air temperature was a scorching +33.7 C observed on July 16 in Daugavpils and on July 13 in Liepāja.

In July, 55 maximum air temperature records were broken at various weather stations, of which 5 were decade-long maximum air temperature records.

As well as being hot it was dry. The total amount of precipitation in Latvia in July was 57.2 mm, which is 24% below the monthly norm (75.7 mm). 

The highest precipitation (126.4 mm) was in Ainaži, but the lowest in Rēzekne - 8.2 mm. The average relative humidity in Latvia in July was 71% - from 64% in Riga to 76% in Kolka. The strongest wind gusts (26.9 m / s) were observed at the end of the month on July 30 in famously-windy Liepāja.


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