Kurzeme gulfshore cold water alert

Waters off the Gulf of Riga’s northwest shore remain prohibitively cold for swimmers, warns the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre Wednesday morning.

After causing precipitous drops in temperature over the weekend, prevailing southwest winds continue to push warmed surface waters away from the coast, allowing cold water from deeper levels to rise up and leave swimmers not just feeling frozen, but at risk of getting cramps or worse.

Water temperatures at Mersrags were recorded at a very chilly +8⁰ Celsius. However, elsewhere along the Kurzeme shoreline readings showed some beach waters warming up to +17.3⁰ Celsius. And across the Gulf on the opposite northeast Vidzeme coast at Ainazi, waters are notably warmer at +20⁰ Celsius.

Forecasts call for summer to finally hit its stride this week, with seasonably warm temperatures and winds expected to change direction and slow down, leaving surface waters to soak up the sun and let the swimmers back in.

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