Warm weather week as Midsummer beckons

The week leading up to the all-important Midsummer celebrations in Latvia will be a warm one, though punctuated by bursts of rain, according to forecasts.

In the coming days, the weather will gradually get warmer, becoming decidedly steamy in the second half of the week.

There will be a lot of cloud on Monday, at times it will rain, in some places a thunderstorm is expected. The prevailing wind will be a slow easterly and the maximum air temperature will range from +19 Celsius to + 24 C, though coastal areas can expect to be cooler.

On Tuesday, the sun will appear more often, although there will still be plenty of clouds, and the temperature will reach +19 C to  + 24 C again in most places, though eastern Vidzeme and Latgale can expect to be a few degrees warmer still.

On Wednesday it will be even warmer. Most parts of the country experiencing temperatures of +25 C to  + 30 C.

The hottest weather this week is expected from Thursday to Saturday, when the temperature in the afternoons in most of Latvia will be around the + 30 C mark. The high temperatures will be accompanied by thunderstorms which might bring heavy rain, temporary flooding and damage caused by strong winds and hailstones.

The temperature will drop slightly from Sunday, but the current forecasts for Midsummer show that the weather is likely to remain warm, and although short-term rain is possible in some places, most of Latvia's holidays will be dry.

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