Records tumble as Latvia tops 20 Celsius

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The afternoon of April 2 saw temperatures in Latvia top 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) for the first time this year in the south-eastern city of Daugavpils - and significantly earlier than is usual, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVĢMC).

Normally, temperatures of +20 degrees are recorded for the first time in mid-April. 

Last year +20 degrees was recorded for the first time on April 6, 2015 - April 11, 2014 - April 19, 2013 - April 18, 2012 - April 27, 2011 - 22, but in 2010 even later - only on April 30.

So far, the highest air temperature for 2 April was in 1913, when Riga recorded +18.5 degrees - so Sunday topped that my almost two degrees.

A total of 13 observation stations recorded 2 April heat records.

However, by Monday temperatures have dropped considerably and weekend's preview of summer is no more than a pleasant memory.

Rain and even snow are possible this week, say forecasters.

On Monday and Tuesday precipitation is not expected and daytime air temperatures will be around +6 C to +8 C in coastal areas and +9 to +14 degrees elsewhere.

On Wednesday, our region will be under a cyclone, so the sky will cloud over and rain can be expected.

Temperatures during the day may rise to around +13 C - but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for a return to +20 C.

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