Tropical heatwave ahead across Latvia

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This week should be exceptionally warm, if rather humid at times, according to forecasters.

The air temperature during the days will be mostly in the range of +26 Celsius to + 31 C, while at night it will be +15 C to + 20 C, though in some places, particularly Riga, so-called tropical nights are expected when the temperature does not drop below + 20 C. 

The heat and humidity may also have a bad effect on some people's well-being and health, so those who are affected by it are advised to cool off at every opportunity.

In the first part of the week, there will be very few thunderstorms in Latvia, they will predominate in the southern and eastern parts of the country, while on Thursday and Friday there are hopes for a little more extensive rainfall, however, they will still be localized, mostly in central and eastern parts of Latvia.

In other places, drought conditions will intensify, especially in Kurzeme, and over the week it is expected that there will be a significant increase in fire risk for forests, so anyone out in nature is advised to act with extreme care.

Another danger will be posed by the growth of toxic blue algae in the lakes and in the sea, so swimming should be avoid swimming in water bodies where there is no current and the water is stagnant.

The wave of heat in Latvia is likely to continue throughout July. It is very likely that this will be one of the hottest summers in the history of meteorological observations in Latvia.

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