Warm temperatures set records

Nine locations in Latvia measured the warmest temperatures for December 19 ever recorded by meteorologists, LSM learned from the state weather service.

All of the land’s regions reached new high temperature levels as air temperatures rose to between +7 and +9 degrees Celsius.

The warmest air was marked in Dobele and Riga – where the mercury climbed up to +8.8 degrees, followed by Bauska (+8.7), Daugavpils and Skrīveri (+8.1), Jēkabpils and Saldus (+8), Rēzekne (+7.8), Gulbene (+7.6) and Zosēni (+7).

The last time it was this warm on this date was in 1936.

Forecasts do call for a slight drop in temperatures over the next few days.

On Saturday night lows will fall to between +1 and +5 degrees, with the chance of rain, snow and hail. On Sunday temperatures will dip a few degrees lower, bringing the possibility of scattered overnight freezes.

A mix of clouds and sun with the chance of light mixed precipitation will prevail during this time.

The beginning of the holiday work week seems to hint at another warming trend, as air temperatures on Monday could reach +7 degrees. The week could begin with unpleasantly wet mixes of snow and rain that should melt with temperatures well above zero.

By Christmas temperatures may again drop, and the chance of snow does exist for some areas of Vidzeme and Latgale provinces, however forecasters expect to be able to make a better prediction about that by Sunday.

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