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March's second half – the coldest in the last 50 years

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The second ten-day period of March 2013 was the coldest in the last 50 years. Its average air temperature was -8.1° C (6.6° C below the annual norm).

This period was even colder in 1963: -9.5° C. The absolute record, however, was set in 1942 – average air temperature of the second ten-day period of march then was -15° C, as BNN was told at the Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

The average daily temperature of this period was 4° C to 8° C below the norm. Night and morning temperature was varied. It was mostly depended on the amount of clouds: -6° C…-9° C on March 20 and -25° C…-26° C in Vidzeme on March 11-13.

Under the influence of the anti-cyclone, the last ten-day period in Latvia was very dry. There was only a bit of snow in the last day of this period. Therefore, given the total amount of precipitation – 4% from the norm – it was the eighth driest period of March in Latvia.

The Sun shined brightly during the whole of the period – it was the sunniest second ten-day period of March since 1972.

Snow remained throughout this period with no significant changes. It is still found mostly in Latvia’s eastern territories – 21-41 cm on average, 50 cm in Aluksne. Kurzeme’s coast remained had its snow thaw in the very beginning of March.

The wind was mostly quiet during this period; gusts of 15-17 m/sec were only noted in some areas of Latvia on March 15-16.

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