Wet week of thaw in store for Latvia

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The weather week is set to buck the trend of mid-February being the coldest time of the year with Spring-like conditions arriving early, according to forecasters.

Monday starts with a cloudy sky and lots of rain and sleet in most places, with some snow in the east. A southern wind will predominate and air temperatures of 0 Celsius to +4 C will cause existing snow and ice to melt, creating hazardous driving conditions.

On Monday night, winds will change direction and come from the north with gusts of up to 20 meters per second on the coast and likely blizzard conditions is expected. The longest and strongest snowfall will be in the west of Vidzeme, in the vicinity of Riga and in Zemgale, where the snow layer will increase by 10-15 centimeters. Combined with the wind, this will create drifts that could block minor roads. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the snowfall will ease in the east of the country, and elsewhere the sun is expected to break through.

Wednesday night will be the coldest of week, when the air temperature will drop to -3 C to - 8 C, milder on the coast.

But the second half of the week will be in stark contrast, if predictions prove accurate. There will be no rainfall in Latvia, the sun will often shine during the days, and air temperatures will rise as high as + 8 C in most places and even  +10 C in hotspots. At night, a small frost is expected in most parts of the country, but in Kurzeme the temperature will still remain slightly above zero at night.

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