Sunny Spring week in store in Latvia, if you can avoid the raging infernos

This week the forecasters have finally got the message and told us what we want to hear: it will be a sunny, dry and pleasant Spring week.

The beginning of the week will still be fairly cool, with temperatures dipping below freezing on at night, so that small frosts can be expected in Vidzeme and Latgale first thing in the morning. 

However, Tuesday and Wednesday will be much warmer, hitting + 11 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and possibly even +13 C on Wednesday.

In the second half of the week, the weather will still be sunny and warm. At night the temperature is mostly within the range of 0 C to + 5 C, but during the days +9 C to + 14 C, slightly cooler on the coast of the Gulf of Riga and along the Kurzeme coastline.

Changes are possible on Sunday, when clouds may finally arrive along with the first spring thunderstorms.

Prevailing winds this week will come from the east and south-east and will generally be moderate but could reach 10-15 meters per second.

The dry weather will increase the chance of grass and forest fires appreciably, so the public is being reminded to take care with naked flames and not to indulge in the dangerous practice of the so-called "kūla" fire in which grass is burned off, but can very easily rage out of control. Despite the practice being illegal, many landowners still risk it. 

To drive the message home about the risks of a kūla fire, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) has produced the short film above.

If you see a kūla blaze, you can call 112 to alert fire crews.

  

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