Weather week in Latvia: quite wet, rather warm, very windy

Very strong winds and lashing rain are causing problems across large parts of Latvia February 17 with power outages in some districts.

Gusts in most parts of the country reached 20-25 meters per second, and as much as 27 meters per second in Ventspils on the western coast, according to information from the Latvian Center for Environment, Geology and Meteorology.

The westerly wind gusts from a storm with the undramatic name "Dennis" will continue for much of the day with heavy rain in the afternoon, but after that skies should be clear.

At the same time, air temperatures are reaching record highs for the time of year with morning air temperatures typically between +7 Celsius and  + 12 C.



Wind speeds will gradually decrease until Tuesday,  though gusts of 15-18 meters per second will still affect the Baltic coast. On Tuesday morning, the sky will gradually become cloudy again and rain will return with the heaviest rainfall in the east of the country. The thermometer bar will stay above the zero mark at night and during the day will reach + 6 C.

Wednesday will bring more rain and some sleet and snow, and the wind will temporarily regain some power before subsiding in the afternoon. More rain is expected in eastern areas on Thursday, with some snowfall, but in the afternoon the rain will clear and the sky will clear. 

Friday will be slightly cooler with the temperature dropping just below freezing in the early hours of Friday morning but during the day it will be a return to rain and wet snow as well as gusts of wind from 15 to 17 m / s.

As for next weekend, more of the same can be expected. On Saturday morning, the country will have extensive rainfall and gusts of 15 to 19 m / s and in coastal areas up to 20-23 m / s. Current forecasts suggest that Sunday morning will bring a light snowstorm.


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