Sunny start to a mild week in Latvia, but beware of the ice!

Most of Latvia will experience a sunny start to the working week, with rain unlikely across the whole country.

After record-high temperatures reported at several weather stations over the weekend, Monday will not be quite as warm, though still extremely mild for mid-February, which is traditionally among the coldest times of the year.

On February 16 the Kolka meteorological station recorded a temperature of + 13 Celsius, beating the existing record by a huge amount. The last time such a temperature was recorded in February was on the 23rd of the month in 1990.

Large fluctuations in temperature have caused ice to become unstable on bodies of water, and the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) has reminded ice fishermen of the dangers after pulling another body from the water at the weekend. So far this winter the VUGD has saved seven people from the ice but retrieved 13 bodies from it. 

The daytime air temperature February 18 will be from +2 C to + 7 C with a moderate southerly wind.

Cloud is expected to gather during the course of the day in some places but there is minimal chance of precipitation.

Early morning morning in Latvia temperatures ranged was from + 3 C in Liepāja on the western coast to -7 C in central and eastern parts according to data from meteorological observation stations.

Tuesday's conditions are likely to be similar, but the middle and end of the working week will see temperatures drop as low as -15 C overnight, with daytime temperatures likely to remain just below freezing point, thanks partly to the wind changing to blow from the north-west.

Next weekend will bring warmer temperatures again, similar to those being experienced currently.

 

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