Summer 2021 was warmest on record

The summer of 2021 was the warmest one since records began in 1924, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVĢMC).

"This summer (June-August) was the warmest in the history of observations in Latvia (since 1924). The average summer air temperature was +18.8 ° C, which is 0.4 ° C higher than the previous record of summer 2010 and 2.6 ° C higher than the seasonal norm (1981-2010)," the LVĢMC said.

In June and July only two days failed to register a temperature higher than the norm. Moreover, from mid-June to mid-July was a month-long heatwave, during which more than 100 maximum air temperature records were broken, and new tropical night records were achieved. 

Latvia summer 2021 temperatures above seasonal norm

Due to prolonged heat, June became the warmest observation mnth in history with an average air temperature of +18.9 ° C, beating the record of June 2019 by 0.3 ° C, while July with the record of +21.5 ° C repeated the July 2010 record. Cooler temperatures in August prevented the summer being even hotter, with the air temperature dropping below normal, with an average air temperature of +16.0 ° C being 0.5 ° C colder than average.

The summer minimum air temperature +2.7 ° C was observed on June 2 in Zosēni, but the maximum air temperature +33.7 ° C was observed on June 21 in Daugavgrīva and Pāvilosta, on July 13 in Liepāja and on July 16 in Daugavpils.

As well as being warmer than usual, it was wetter, too. The total amount of summer precipitation in Latvia was 232.8 mm, which is 3% above the seasonal norm (225.7 mm). June and July were on average drier than normal in Latvia - the total precipitation in June was 41% lower than the norm, but in July it was 57.2 mm (24% below the norm). August was the first month since September 2017, when the total precipitation at all observation stations exceeded the norm, and with a total precipitation of 134.6 mm (75% above the norm), it became the 6th wettest August in the history of observations.

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