In the first part of the week there will be frequent snowfall. Matched to a gusty wind that will be a freezing combination.
On Tuesday night, with clouds disappearing, temperatures in many places in Vidzeme and Latgale regions will fall below -10 degrees Celsius, but Wednesday night will be slightly warmer, as the clouds will return with more snow.
During the second half of the week, the clouds will diminish again, and the wind will become slower, so the frost will intensify. According to the current forecasts, the coldest weather is expected on Thursday and Friday morning, when the temperature in a large part of the country will fall to between -8 a and -13 degrees Celsius, with places in Vidzeme and Latgale plunging as low as -18 degrees.
However, coastal areas will be much warmer with temperatures in the range of -4 to -7 degrees C. During the days the air will climb to -3 ..- 8 degrees, in Kurzeme to 0 .. -2 degrees.
Nor will there be much respite from the big freeze when the weekend arrives. Current projections suggest the cold snap could extend into the middle of February and calculations of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) show that in February the average temperature in Latvia could be 1-2 degrees below the climatic norm.
The extended cold period should provide a boon to Latvia's ski resorts which have so far not enjoyed the best of seasons due to fluctuating temperatures and frequent thaws.
All in all, an excellent excuse to buy a pair of mittens!