Weekend weather will stay warm, first grass fires already reported

Over the weekend there will still be no major changes in the unseasonably mild weather of the moment, with warm temperatures and little rainfall, forecasts show.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, but on Sunday the clouds will partially clear, allowing the sun to break through. Some precipitation is expected - mainly in Kurzeme and Vidzeme on Saturday, and in Zemgale and Latgale on Sunday - but mostly it will be little more than light rain. A few flakes of snow may fall in the night but will not settle.

Over the weekend, southerly and southwesterly winds will prevail with moderate force of around 10 meters per second, with gusts of 15 meters per second.

The daytime air temperature will be in the range of +1 Celsius to + 6 Celsius while nights will be in the range of 0 to - 2 C.

During the next working week, warm weather will continue, with temperatures mostly within the range of +1 C to + 7 C during the day. Precipitation will be more frequent, but mostly in the form of rain so the frustration of winter sports fans looks likely to continue for the forseeable future.

The warm winter is having other effects, too. The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) told Latvian Radio January 17 that the first grass fires (kūlas) of the year had already been recorded and reminded members of the public that intentionally torching fields and meadows - once common practice - is no longer permitted and coud result in a stiff fine as well as endangering property and life.  

 

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