Weather week in Latvia: real Baltic winter due to pay a visit

Winter will arrive in full force this week in Latvia, with considerable snow early in the week followed by some decidedly icy temperatures in the second half of the week, according to the latest forecasts.

Police have appealed to motorists to drive carefully, slowly and to leave plenty of distance to the car in front due to increased braking distances.

After a snowy Monday, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the air temperature both at night and during the day will be from 0 to + 1 degree Celsius on the coast and -3 C to - 5 C in the east of the country. There may be some sleet mixed in with the snow, increasing the risk of slippery conditions.

The snowfall should amont to about 10 centimeters across the entire country by Wednesday evening, but winds will cause drifts that could create patches of snow considerably deeper than that, particularly in southern Kurzeme region.

In the second half of the working week, there will be northeasterly winds, which will bring drier but much colder air to us. The biggest freeze is expected overnight early on Friday and Saturday mornings, when the temperature in most parts of the country will drop to between -12 C and - 17 C, though along the Kurzeme coast it will be milder at around -4 C to - 9 C. Conversely, eastern Vidzeme and Latgale could see temperatures dip to - 20 C.

Next weekends, the wind will swing around from the west and things will warm up again, the temperature on the sea coast even rising a little above zero.

The expected freeze and snow in Latvia this week should be the largest in the last two years, as the winter of 2020 was extremely mild. However, long-term forecasts suggest this week and next are likely to be the coldest this winter, meaning lovers of a traditional Baltic freeze will have to make the most of it.

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