Sun brings balm to most of country

The sun is going to break through the clouds Tuesday in all but the far eastern corners of the land, pushing temperatures towards record highs for the date especially in western Kurzeme and thawing most of the ice and snow remaining from the weekend’s storm. High temperatures near the coasts may reach to between +6 and +8 degrees Celsius.

In Riga and central regions temperatures during the day will vary from +3 to +7 degrees under mostly clear skies and no precipitation.

Only in far eastern Vidzeme and Latgale provinces will the weather remain foggy and hazy, with bouts of freezing drizzle, however temperatures there are also expected to rise above zero to between +1 and +5 degrees Celsius.

Meteorologists are keeping their instruments calibrated for possible warmth records for the date of February 10 to be set, as Riga last posted its highest +6.6 degree reading in 2002 while elsewhere in Latvia the temperature reached +8 degrees on that day.

The stretch of weather since January this year has been warmer, wetter and darker than average, reports the state meteorology service, with very little sunshine compared to previous years. The village of Zosēni in Jaunpiebalga county charted the gloomiest weather in all the land, with only 14 hours of sunshine, a low of -21.8 degrees, and 105 mm of precipitation last month.

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