Summer arrives in Latvia a month early

After a glorious holiday weekend, this week in many parts of Latvia the average daily air temperature will rise above +15 degrees, effectively marking the start of meteorological summer, according to LSM's forecaster Toms Bricis.

In recent days, the average temperature in most of Latvia has been in the range of +10 to +12 degrees Celsius, but it will now get even warmer. 

On Monday the air temperature in the afternoon will be between +19 and + 24C, slightly cooler on the coast cooler, but at night the air will cool to +2 to +9 degrees, and Tuesday morning may even see a small frost is possible in places.

In the second half of the week, more humid air will flow into our region, so in the afternoons larger clouds may form in places, which will cause occasional rainstorms. On Wednesday, such are possible mostly in Latgale and Zemgale.

The air temperature will continue to rise, probably reaching +26C in the hottest spots.

Normally, meteorological summer in Latvia arrives first in Latgale, where it begins in the first ten days of June, but the summer season in Kurzeme comes only in early July.

The earliest summer known to date was in 2013, when it started on May 16th, but in many places in Latvia the average daily temperature over +15 degrees had arrived already by May 7th-9th.

Meteorological summer is usually shorter than the calendar summer and astronomical summer and lasts for an average of 60 days in Vidzeme's central highlands, up to 80 days in Zemgale and the southeast of Latvia.

An analysis of the long-term air temperature data shows that all the seasons are gradually getting warmer. Thus, for years to come, meteorological summer is likely to begin earlier and end later. Estimates show that in the last few years, meteorological summer in Latvia has become 17 days longer.

 

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