Pāvilosta experiences Latvia's wettest month

More precipitation has been recorded in Latvia in one Latvian coastal town in February 2022 than anywhere else in any previous year – and there are already several days of the month left.

Previously, the highest precipitation in February was recorded in Cīrava in 2002, when there were 129 millimeters of precipitation. But Pāvilosta has already recorded 132 millimeters this February, which is a new absolute record, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVĢMC).

The climatic norm of precipitation in February (average indicator in the period from 1991 to 2020) is 47 millimeters in Pāvilosta, but in the country as a whole 40 millimeters.

The town, which is a popular summer sunbathing spot, seems to have a particular affinity with water – it was here that a spectacular water spout was spotted in 2021.

The historically wettest February in Latvia as a whole was in 1957, when the average rainfall in the country reached 71 millimeters. So far, this figure has not been beaten, but by the end of the month, there is a possibility that this record will be broken as well.

According to forecasts, more precipitation is expected on Friday and in some places also on Saturday, but such long-lasting, frequent and strong precipitation as earlier this month is not expected in coming days.

However, the rain, sleet, hail and snow that have already fallen have caused many rivers in Kurzeme and Zemgale to reach their highest water levels in the last at least 10 years.

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