Windy but warm start expected to New Year in Latvia

During the last days of the year, the air temperature in Latvia will become more volatile, with precipitation and strong winds expected, but also periods of clear, crisp weather in between, according to forecasts.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December will be colder than at Christmas, with temperature throughout the night in Latvia below zero, reaching -1 Cesius to - 6 C. Sunday morning some places in Vidzeme and Latgale will be even colder at  -7 C to - 11 C. Even during the days, a slight frost will remain, except along the coast, where as usual the temperature will be far milder at around +1 C to + 2 C. No significant precipitation is expected these days and the sun will shine frequently.

Sunday night to Monday morning our region will be affected by a large cyclone. The southwesterly wind will intensify, with gusts of 20 meters per second on the coast. The air temperature will start to rise. At night it will still be a few degrees below zero in many places, but will rise to +2 C to + 7 C during the day. Precipitation is likely to cycle between snow, sleet and rain.

On the last day of the year the weather will remain warm, with occasional showers and temperatures of +3 C to + 6 C during the day. At night gusts of wind from the northwest will bring slightly cooler air.

Current forecasts suggest that northwest wind gusts will reach 10-15 meters per second on New Year's Eve, so the public is urged to be particularly careful when using pyrotechnics. Roads will also be slippery in many places so caution when driving is urged.

During the first days of the New Year, temperatures in Latvia will mostly be above zero.

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