Year begins with heatwave (of sorts)

2018 has started with heat records falling across Latvia, but starting January 7 it will become much colder, forecasts say. 

According to data by the Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, on January 1 the heat record fell in Skulte, Skrīveri, Zosēni, Zīlāni, Rēzekne and Daugavpils, while on January 2 heat records fell in several places in eastern Latvia, namely Zosēni, Alūksne, Rēzekne, Gulbene, Zīlāni, and Daugavpils. 

Temperatures of +5..+8C were recorded across the country yesterday and on the night to January 2.

National heat records weren't broken, however, as on January 1, 1984 it was 9.5C in Jelgava and +7.8C in Rīga on January 2, 1992. 

Unusually warm temperatures are to keep for the rest of the week, with temperatures dropping below freezing starting Sunday across all the country except the coastal regions. 

There'll be little precipitation in the first half of the week, with intermittent drizzles expected throughout the latter half. 

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