Weather week: likely to be warmest Independence Day on record

This promises to be a memorable week in more ways than one. Independence Day on Wednesday, November 18 is likely to be the warmest on record, while the week is also expected to bring some snow, according to LSM weatherman Toms Bricis.

At the beginning of the working week, the weather will be determined by a cyclone, so on Monday the sky will be covered with clouds and in some places light rain will be expected.

On Monday night, in the east of Latvia, rain will turn into snow which could continue during the day, forming a small layer on the ground. But any that does settle will not last long as Wednesday and Thursday will see a warm air system arriving. The west of the country will likely be a bit warmer. 

The current heat record for Independence Day, November 18, is +12.2 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Daugavpils in 2002.

In Rīga on November 18, the temperature record is +10.4 degrees, and it is likely that record will be broken in the capital itself and many other places around the country.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature in most parts of the country will reach from +7 C to + 12 C degrees. Strong southwesterly winds will prevail and on the coast will be stronger still at 20 meters per second or thereabouts.

At the end of the work week, cloudy weather will remain and it will rain in many places and on Friday the wind will turn from the north and gradually begin to subside. 

Next weekend it will get colder again, with the temperature hovering around freezing point and occasional light snow.

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