Latvia had a wet January

January in Latvia has been the third wettest since weather observation recordings, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center.

Since 1924, when comprehensive meteorological observations began in Latvia, only January 2007 and 1959 had more rainfall.

The total January rainfall in Latvia was 80.9 millimeters, with an uneven distribution regionally. The most rainfall and snow was 112.8 millimeters in Rucava, but the least in Jelgava, with reached 44.1 millimeters. The climate rate for January rainfall in the country is 50.5 millimeters.

January was also relatively warm. The average temperature for the month was -0.6 C, which is 2.4 degrees warmer than the climatic norm. It was particularly warm at the beginning of the month when on January 1 the temperature in Daugavpils reached +11.1 C – the highest temperature ever recorded in Latvia in January. The previous record belonged to January 10, 2007, when Mērsrags and Jelgava had 10.7 C.

47 heat records outperformed in January.

The lowest air temperature in January was -20 C, recorded in Daugavpils on January 6, while the thickest snow blanket was recorded on January 30 in Dagda at 25 centimeters.

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