Wet windy weather pattern persists; stormy weekend in store

The work week promises to be comparatively warm and moist, and increasingly windy as the weekend nears. However, low temperatures across the country are likely to keep dipping below zero overnight, creating dangerous black-ice conditions on streets and roads for the morning commute, warn meteorology forecasts Monday.  

Predictions call for some precipitation every day beginning Monday, mostly in the form of light drizzle or flurries. Western coastal Kurzeme province is likely to see most of the moisture.

Temperatures will stay in a relatively stable pattern until Thursday, lows going down overnight to between -3 and +3 degrees Celsius, possibly as low as -5 or -6 in inland eastern Vidzeme and Latgale provinces, while daytime highs will reach -2 to +4 degrees, possibly reaching +6 near the coasts.

On Friday a broad zone of moisture will reach Latvia – first bringing snow, which will then turn to rain throughout the land. Saturday and Sunday are expected to continue in the same mode, with frequent precipitation and gusty winds. Temperature fluctuations should remain in the same general ranges.

Drivers are urged to be extra cautious as overnight freezing temps will create black-ice stretches of road, while wind gusts could add to the highway wobble.

All week increasingly stronger winds will prevail from the southwest and south. Monday and Tuesday they will stay moderate in strength, reaching 10-13 meters per second on the coast of Kurzeme.

By Wednesday winds will have picked up to gusts up to 15-19 meters per second in Kurzeme, 9-14 meters per second elsewhere inland.  Thursday and Friday the wind is expected to grow in strength, reaching 20-25 meters per second on the coast, 12-17 meters per second inland.

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